Pending Rhode Island Legislation HB 7154, “Freedom From Prone Restraint Act”

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On January 14, the state of Rhode Island introduced HB 7154, adding chapter 72.11, the “Freedom From Prone Restraint Act.” This act: 
  • Applies to any facility that provides support or care, residential support, education, healthcare, treatment, or direct supervision, but excludes any law enforcement department, the department of corrections, the training school for youth, and the forensic unit at the Eleanor Slater Hospital.
  • Prohibits use of prone restraint regardless of scenario.
  • Requires nationally recognized training of all service providers in the reduction/elimination of restraint and seclusion, including positive behavior interventions and de-escalation techniques.
  • Requires all the covered facilities to develop policies and procedures establishing documenting, reporting, and internal review of the use of restraint.
  • Establishes a commission to study the restraint reporting requirements of each of the covered facilities.  

CPI Training Can Help Your Facility Comply With the Proposed Legislation
CPI offers training and resources to help facilities meet legislation like the proposed Rhode Island bill. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training equips staff with techniques for both the prevention of and the safe use of restraint. With a focus on prevention, the program can help you make staff and students safer.
Learn more about effective restraint reduction and CPI training.
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