Human Rights Committee

The purpose of the Human Rights Committee is to safeguard the human rights of people receiving developmental disability services in Vermont. The Committee provides an independent review of restraint procedures proposed or occurring within the supports provided by the developmental disabilities services system. This includes review of policies, procedures, trends and patterns, individual situations and individual behavioral support plans that authorize the use of restraint procedures. The goal of the Human Rights Committee is to ensure that the use of restraints is appropriate and necessary. Proposed plans and the use of restraint must be in compliance with the Behavior Support Guidelines. The Human Rights Committee assists presenters/teams in developing positive alternatives to restraint procedures.

Information and Resources

Meeting Schedule, and Minutes
The Human Rights Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis or as needed. Minutes of these meetings are confidential.

Contact Information
Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD)
Phone: 802-241-0305

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