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PAPPI stands for Parents And Profesionals for Positive Interventions

This page tracks the work of the PAPPI group to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and increase the use of positive behavioral supports.

We work via e-mail and hold a conference call once a month. Leave a note on the discussion page if you want to participate or e-mail gregsmithpm at



  1. Faciliate the ability of parents to tell their story and be heard without retaliation.
  2. Improve transparency about what is happening in schools and analyze data to demonstrate the use of restraint and seclusion.
  3. Develop tools and information for school systems to help reduce the use of restraint and seclusion through positive behavioral support.
  4. Increase the size of our group. Ensure that we have actionable tasks for new parents as they express a desire to be involved.
  5. Improve the laws and regulations on restraint and seclusion.

Ways to volunteer

Whether this affects your child directly or not, you can help reduce the use of restraint and seclusion!

We have small things you can do (less than 30 minutes from a computer) and other ways you can be involved. Feel free to contact us any time

Here are ways to get started:

  • Join our e-mail list (contact gregsmithpm at
  • Particpate in monthly planning conference calls
  • Participate in a campaign (see below)
  • Come up with a new idea for a campaign PAPPI New Campaign Ideas


Campaign to Protect Chapter 33 in Maine

Compromise legislation was agreed upon. It looks like a very good compromise which preserves the intent of the Chapter 33 updates: ,br>

Legislation has been proposed to roll back the Chapter 33 updates:

It allows for restraint or seclusion "to prevent the disruption of the educational environment"
"The rule must be amended wherever necessary to indicate that the use of seclusion or restraint is allowed to prevent significant property damage and to prevent disruption of the educational environment."

The goal is to generate 30 e-mails to Maine State Legislators to protect the new regulations on restraint known as Chapter 33.

Maine residents, please contact your state legislator and ask them to keep Chapter 33. Find your Maine legislator here

Sample e-mail to use when contacting your legislator: Sample Maine e-mail

Additional details on the campaign and ways you can help are here: Click here for details and updates on the campaign

From Restraint and Seclusion to Positive Behavioral Supports, One District at a Time

From Restraint and Seclusion to Positive Behavioral Supports, One District at a Time

The goal to look closely at one school system and make a difference there. We start by gathering data. Then we reach out to people in the community. Then we offer resources and support to help them improve practices in their schools.

This campaign is still under development. See the latest thinking on it here: PAPPI From R-S to PBIS

Completed Campaigns

PAPPI Completed

Meeting minutes

Next conference call, Tentatively Thursday March 7th, 8PM contact gregsmithpm at for details and dial in info.

PAPPI Minutes

News, Links and other resources

PAPPI Resources

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