Here at CPI we’re very excited about recent strides in our aim to help reduce restraint and seclusion. Because our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program empowers staff with skills to reduce anxiety and avoid the need to restrain, and because it equips staff with safe, last-resort physical intervention skills, a flurry of states and organizations have recently either approved or reapproved our training, or have noted that it meets their requirements for boosting the safety of staff, students, and service users alike.
In Massachusetts, the Department of Developmental Services recently recertified our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program as an approved option for crisis intervention training. We’ve also been named an approved training provider in Oregon, as our program meets the requirements of Chapter 581. Our program also meets the requirements of the Community and Developmental Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Additionally, our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program is an approved training option in the state of Maine, which recently released a set of rules requiring staff to be trained in both the avoidance of and the safe use of restraint. Chapter 33 (ME HP1360) was developed through a consensus-based rule-making process that considered the views of the Department of Education (DOE), as well as teachers, administrators, parents, and advocates. CPI consulted with the committee, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to contribute to Maine’s efforts to increase safety for students and educators.
In addition to celebrating these recent approvals, we’re excited by a landmark law that was passed recently in CPI’s home state. Effective on September 1, Wisconsin Act 125 requires all Wisconsin public school employees who use physical restraint to be trained in its safe use. Training must include prevention and de-escalation techniques, and it must provide alternatives to the use of restraint. This law is particularly meaningful to us because it enables us to share our strategies for safety on a local level, building on the message of Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security℠ that we spread within our global community.
Additionally, as I discussed in my last post, the US DOE recently released a document outlining 15 principles to assist educators throughout the US in establishing policies to reduce or eliminate the use of restraint or seclusion in schools. The principles are consistent with the aim of the proposed federal bill, which we continue to work closely on with the Senate and the House. We also look forward to the upcoming Senate HELP Committee hearing on the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
CPI supports these developments because they place emphasis on safety. Our offerings are steeped in our belief that conflict prevention and de-escalation skills are vital to ensuring care and well-being for students, patients, clients, and staff—because when both physical aggression and the need for physical intervention can be avoided, everyone is safer. We revel in equipping staff with skills that focus on prevention, and in empowering staff to protect individuals from hurting themselves and others. We’re thrilled to train educators and other professionals in skills to help keep everyone safe.