Emergency regulations put in place in June of 2014 by the Illinois Department of Public Health for staff who work in specialized mental health rehabilitation facilities (SMHRFs) have now been adopted.

Illinois administrative regulation 77 IL ADC 380.130: Staff Qualifications and Training Requirements, adopted on December 5, 2014, requires that all new employees who work in SMHRFs be provided with training during their orientation and annually thereafter. Training is required to include best practices in trauma-informed care and crisis prevention and intervention.
Additionally, 77 IL ADC 380.160: Restraints and Therapeutic Separation requires facilities to develop written plans to create coercion-free environments that are sensitive to the trauma histories of people in care. The regulations require that restraint should be used only in an emergency situation, that staff be trained in policies and practices, and that staff use debriefing techniques following the emergency use of a restraint. The regulation goes on to state that only trained staff are permitted to use physical holding or restraint and facilities are required to maintain written records of training and the de-escalation training practices provided to staff.
CPI Training Can Help Your Facility Comply With the Rules
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program equips staff in techniques for both the prevention of and the safe use of manual restraint. Our program provides training in identifying the underlying causes of the client behaviors that can lead to restraint, and in understanding how staff behavior affects client behavior, and vice versa. The training focuses on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to the use of restraint, as well as information on evaluating risk of harm; monitoring for signs of distress; documenting incidents; and safer, less restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort. Additionally, the program helps staff build and expand their person-centered, trauma-informed approach to care.
How to Get Training
We can bring the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program on-site to your organization, or you can attend training in one of more than 150 public locations throughout the US.

Advanced Course
If you’re already a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Certified Instructor, you can share strategies with your staff from our advanced course, Trauma-Informed Care: Implications for CPI's Crisis Development ModelSM. This course dives deep into the influence of trauma on behavior and offers additional strategies to help you better serve individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Locate an upcoming public program or have us bring the training to you.
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