first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Yesterday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced emergency rules for restraining children in child-caring institutions.The department’s actions follow the death of a 16–year–old who was improperly restrained at Lakeside Academy, a residential treatment facility in Kalamazoo.The department’s goal is to reform the states child welfare system by introducing new measures to better protect youth in foster care.In a press release Governor Whitmer said, protecting the most vulnerable populations is a top priority.Child–caring institutions licensed by the state are currently prohibited from using restraints that involve placing children face down.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Theatre added new summer programsNext Tawas Point Lighthouse to Remain Closedlast_img read more