The State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, in accordance with Rhode Island General Law 42-35 and 42-72-5, renamed the Child Care Regulations rule to Residential Child Care Regulations for Licensure [PDF], which provides an updated set of regulations for the licensing of residential child care facilities, including those concerning behavior management, safety and crisis intervention, and restraint and seclusion. These regulations went into effect in June 2010.  They include:

1. The facility must have written behavior management policies and procedures, which are subject to DCYF approval, that promote residents’ optimal functioning in a safe and therapeutic manner.

2. The facility is prohibited from administering corporal punishment and any punishment that is cruel, humiliating, unusual or unnecessary. 

3. The facility may use time out to prevent crises and for behavior management, provided staff is able to visually monitor the child throughout the time out.

4. The facility is required to select one (1) approved nationally recognized model of crisis intervention and restraint from DCYF’s approved listing and inform DCYF of its selection as part of the licensing process.

5. Crisis intervention and restraint training and supervision for staff identified by provider to be responsible for the use of crisis intervention and restraint.

6. General principles for therapeutic physical, mechanical and chemical restraint and seclusion.

CPI Can Help!
Organizations across the US use the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program because it's been shown to be effective in both the prevention of and the safe use of physical restraint. CPI training focuses on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to restraint and seclusion, as well as how to use safer, less-restrictive physical interventions only as a last resort. Training gives staff tools to organize their thinking about risk behavior and help them determine the most appropriate, least restrictive intervention to use in each unique situation.

Tailoring Training to Your Needs
CPI training is flexible and can be tailored to the unique needs of your facility. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff on a continuing basis. We also offer specialized materials to help connect the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program skills and strategies with your PBIS plan to increase positive behavior.

How to Get Training
We can bring the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program on site to your facility, 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 support individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Locate an upcoming public program or have us bring the training to you.