The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has named CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program as an approved option for crisis intervention training in Maine. The state recently passed a set of rules establishing standards and procedures for the use of physical restraint and seclusion in education programs that are funded by the department.
The rules require 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 DOE, as well as those of teachers, parents, administrators, and advocates. CPI provided comments in support of the rules during their development, and looks forward to assisting Maine educators with their compliance with Chapter 33 and their efforts to increase safety in schools throughout the state.
CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program provides evidence-based training in conflict prevention, de-escalation, crisis response, and debriefing techniques, as well as positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) methodologies, all of which have been shown to be useful in the prevention of physical restraint and seclusion. The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program also teaches safe, less-restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training is flexible and can be tailored to organizations’ unique needs. CPI can provide training on site at your organization, and offers training in numerous locations throughout the US.
The following tools and resources may be useful:
View the Maine DOE's list of approved training programs.
Read more about Maine Chapter 33 and find additional resources for meeting its requirements.
Also access an alignment [PDF] that details how the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program parallels Chapter 33.