This month, the US Department of Education (DOE) released a document containing 15 principles to assist educators in making policy decisions that will reduce or eliminate the use of restraint or seclusion in schools. This development is promising in that it’s consistent with recent legislation in other states, including Wisconsin, Maine, and Oregon—legislation that has already set similar precedents.
CPI supports this development for many reasons. Though these principles are just suggestions, they still create a call to action and raise awareness about the use of restraint and seclusion in the states where similar rules have not been passed or are not already in process. In addition, the principles place emphasis on initial and ongoing training in cases where restraint or seclusion may be used under specific circumstances—training that falls directly in line with what CPI has to offer.
It’s countless the number of times we’ve worked with customers who initially thought they could “check the box” for this critical training, ended up with less than stellar results, and then experienced success once they transitioned to implementing Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training within their organizations. We’re proud that CPI is the thought leader in addressing the real needs of our customers, investing heavily in our support of our Instructors as they implement training as a process, and creating a community of 27,000 Instructors who can interact every day, every hour.
We continue to work closely with the Senate and the House on the federal bill and look forward to assisting in these important steps to the future.
Read the 15 principles in the US Department of Education’s “Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document.”