Ohio Dept of Mental Health Admin Code Ch 5122-26-16 Seclusion, Restraint and Time-Out

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On January 1, 2012, the final amendments made to the Administrative Code for the Ohio Department of Mental Health Certification Standards go into effect. Chapter 5122-26-16: Seclusion, Restraint, and Time-Out is one of the new chapters. The purpose of this rule is to state the general requirements applicable to the use of seclusion and restraint, and to the adoption of processes to reduce their use.

Key elements of this new rule include:

  • Adoption of trauma-informed practices, creating calm surroundings, and establishing positive, trusting relationships.
  • Prohibition of prone restraint.
  • Permitted use of a transitional hold by trained staff.
  • Initial and annual training in the use of seclusion or restraint with a focus on minimizing their use.
  • Competency-based training for both nonphysical and physical interventions.
  • Mandatory staff and client debriefing.

Is Your Facility Prepared to Meet Ohio’s New Rules?
CPI is the standard-setting provider of behavior management training that equips employees to have an immediate, tangible, and lasting positive impact on the people and organizations they serve. Since 1980, more than six million human service providers—including tens of thousands in the mental health care field—have participated in the CPI’s nationally recognized Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program and learned how to safely manage disruptive behavior at the earliest possible stage.

The program also teaches safe, nonharmful emergency restraint techniques to be used only as a last resort, when an individual is a danger to self or others.

See the programs CPI has scheduled in your area.

Read the final legislation.

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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”