Minnesota adopted the HB2: K-12 Education Omnibus on May 16, 2009, with an effective date of August 1, 2011.
The bill requires schools that use restrictive procedures for children with disabilities can only use them in an emergency, and they must make their procedures publicly accessible.
Subd. 5. Training for staff. (a) To meet the requirements of subdivision 1, staff who use restrictive procedures shall complete training in the following skills and knowledge areas:
(1) positive behavioral interventions;
(2) communicative intent of behaviors;
(3) relationship building;
(4) alternatives to restrictive procedures, including techniques to identify events and environmental factors that may
(5) de-escalation methods;
(6) standards for using restrictive procedures;
(7) obtaining emergency medical assistance;
(8) the physiological and psychological impact of physical holding and seclusion ;
(9) monitoring and responding to a child's physical signs of distress when physical holding is being used;
(10) recognizing the symptoms of and interventions that may cause positional asphyxia when physical holding is used. The commissioner, after consulting with the commissioner of human services, must develop and maintain a list of training programs that satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a). The district shall maintain records of staff who have been trained and the organization or professional that conducted the training. The district may collaborate with children's community mental health providers to coordinate trainings.
CPI Training Can Help
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program equips staff in techniques for both the preveniton of and 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 safe, less restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort.
Find out how the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program aligns with this legislation [PDF].