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Senator Joyce seeks to end Canton school's shock treatment

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 21, 2013 03:34 PM

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Canton’s state senator filed a budget amendment Friday to stop a Canton school from administering electric skin shocks.

State Senator Brian A. Joyce, a Milton Democrat, previously worked to ban the practice at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton for newly enrolled students, but Friday’s amendment would end it entirely, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Michael Flammia, an attorney for the Rotenberg Center, said in February that the treatment is used in place of drugs to stop people from attacking themselves or others.

In Tuesday’s statement, Joyce called the practice “harmful” and “barbaric.”

Joyce also sponsored an amendment to increase support for full-day kindergarten and to create restitution mechanisms when a resident’s mental health insurance parity rights have been violated.

“The budget recommended by Ways and Means was a good starting point, making targeted, balanced investments to protect our seniors and support our children without overburdening taxpayers,” Joyce said. “The amendment phase will give us the chance to give further voice to the issues facing our particular communities and publicly debate and shape next year’s budget.”

The amendments and the Senate budget will be debated this week, according to the statement.

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