Oregon Chapter 581: Prohibiting Use of Mechanical, Chemical, or Prone Restraint on Students

By Crisis Prevention Institute | May 13, 2011 | Oregon | In Effect | 0 comments

Oregon Chapter 581 (formerly House Bill 2939) goes into effect July 1, 2012. It addresses safety in public education programs and prohibits use of mechanical restraint, chemical restraint, or prone restraint on students, but allows the use of physical restraint or seclusion under the following circumstances:

  • When the student’s behavior poses a reasonable threat of imminent, serious bodily injury to the student or others; and
  • When less restrictive interventions would not be effective.

Chapter 581 specifically states that physical restraint and seclusion may not be used for discipline, punishment, or for the convenience of personnel of the public education program. If physical restraint or seclusion is used on a student, it must be:

  • Used only for as long as the student’s behavior poses a reasonable threat of imminent, serious bodily injury to the student or others;
  • Imposed by personnel of the program who are trained in the use of physical restraint and seclusion;
  • Continuously monitored by personnel of the public education program for the duration of the restraint or seclusion.

Additionally, Chapter 581 requires debriefing, immediate parental notification when physical restraint or seclusion has been used, and data collection and reporting on the use of physical restraint and seclusion.

CPI can help you meet the Oregon requirements.
CPI is an approved training provider in Oregon. CPI is the standard-setting provider of behavior management training. The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program offers proven strategies for safely managing disruptive, assaultive, and out-of-control behavior.

By giving educators the skills to guide students toward more positive behavioral choices, the training can be an effective part of an overall Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system.

See the programs CPI has scheduled in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Vancouver.

Learn how Oregon's Chapter 581 aligns with the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program. Oregon Alignment Printable Version [PDF]

Read Oregon’s House Bill 2939 [PDF].


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