Maine House Paper 365: An Act to Enhance the Security of Hospital Patients, Visitors and Employees

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On June 8, 2011, Maine passed House Paper 365, An Act to Enhance the Security of Hospital Patients, Visitors and Employees. Critical access hospitals beginning July 1, 2012 and all other hospitals beginning January 1, 2012 shall, on an annual basis, adopt a safety and security plan to protect the patients, visitors and employees of the hospital from aggressive and violent behavior.

The safety and security plan must include a process for hospitals to receive and record incidents and threats of violent behavior occurring at or arising out of employment at the hospital. The safety and security plan must prohibit a representative or employee of the hospital from interfering with a person making a report as provided in the plan.

Is Your Facility Prepared to Meet the 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 health care field—have participated in CPI’s 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.

We look forward to sharing our core philosophy of Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM with you, your staff, and those in your care.

Read Maine’s House Paper 365.

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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.”