Pending New Mexico Legislation HB 190 Prohibits Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Except in Emergency Situations

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Pending New Mexico HB 190 [PDF] was introduced on January 20, 2016. The bill relates to rules concerning the use of restraint and seclusion in schools:

  • The bill requires all school districts and charter schools to adopt policies and procedures with respect to the use of restraints and seclusion.
  • The bill mandates restraint and seclusion may be used in an emergency situation only to the extent necessary to protect a student or another person from imminent, serious physical harm.  
  • Physical restraint and seclusion in emergency situations must be administered by staff trained in evidence-based crisis intervention training that provides de-escalation training and first aid, including how to identify signs of medical distress.

CPI Training Can Help Your School Comply With the Proposed Legislation
CPI offers training and resources to help schools meet legislative mandates like the training requirements proposed in the New Mexico 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.

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