Restraint in Alaskan Schools: HB 210

Alaska House Bill 210 requires crisis intervention training for school personnel. The law is intended to ensure that staff have the skills to handle disruptive and violent student behavior in a way that’s as safe as possible for both students and staff.

About the Law
HB 210 limits the use of physical restraint in Alaskan schools to only situations in which the student's behavior poses an imminent danger of physical injury to the student or another person. Under the law, physical restraint may be used only as a last resort when other, less intrusive interventions have been tried and failed or have been deemed inappropriate for the student. If a restraint is used as a last resort, it may be used only for as long as the danger persists. Additionally, all staff are required to receive training in a crisis intervention program that has been approved by the Alaskan Department of Education. Training must include:
  • Evidence-based techniques for preventing restraint.
  • Evidence-based techniques that are effective at keeping school personnel and students safe when restraint is used as a last resort.
  • Education in positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), safe physical escort, conflict prevention, understanding antecedents, de-escalation, and conflict management.

CPI Can Help You Comply With Alaska’s Law!
Schools across the US use the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program because it centers on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to restraint and seclusion. With a focus on conflict prevention and management, the course also offers support materials on aligning program concepts with PBIS techniques. Additionally, it offers instruction on how to use safer, less-restrictive physical interventions only as a last resort.

Tailoring Training to Your School’s Needs
Our training can be tailored to the unique needs of your school or district. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff on a continuing basis.

You can attend a public program in Alaska, or an on-site training option is also available.

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About the Author

“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.”