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Position Papers and Monographs

The Division for Emotional and Behavioral Health (DEBH) position papers are designed to highlight our stance on pertinent issues or events that may impact our students and teachers.

Read the position statements and monographs below to lean about DEBH's stance on a variety of key issues, areas, and topics in the field of special education.

Solitary Confinement

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This document provides clear and compelling support for the abolishment of solitary confinement with incarcerated youth and young adults in juvenile and adult correctional facilities.

Restraint and Seclusion

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This document is a summary of policy recommendations from two longer and more detailed documents available from DEBH regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion procedures in schools.


young african american students doing schoolwork

This document provides DEBH's policy recommendations regarding disproportionality in special education and the need for federal policy driving state regulations to support efforts to eliminate this outcome in schools.

Coping with Trauma

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When violent acts occur in the midst of normal everyday events, educators can help students understand what is happening factually, how events do or do not impact their lives, and how to cope with their reactions.

Schools and Firearms

As the leader in teaching and advocacy for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, DEBH recognizes the need to provide guidance and support in framing our nation’s response related to issues of school safety and mental health.

Statement on Parkland


Read the DEBH's executive committee statement on the February 14, 2018, school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

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