On June 17, 2016, the state of Rhode Island adopted HB 7154, adding chapter 72.11, the “Freedom From Prone Restraint Act.” This act:

  • Relates to any facility that provides care, residential support, education, health care, treatment, or direct supervision to any person.
  • Bans prone restraint at all these facilities.
  • Requires facilities to develop policies and procedures that establish monitoring, documentation, and reporting.
  • Requires training for all service providers in the reduction/elimination of restraint and seclusion. The training must be approved by the director of the state agency that has supervisory control over the covered facility, and must include:
    • Workforce development; 
    • Use of prevention tools, including positive behavior interventions and de-escalation;
    • Debriefing techniques and outcomes.
  • Takes effect on passage.
  • This regulation does not apply to any law enforcement department, the department of corrections, the training school for youth, or the forensic unit at the Eleanor Slater Hospital.
CPI Training Can Help Your Facility Comply With the Legislation
CPI offers training and resources to help facilities meet legislation like the Rhode Island 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.
Learn more about effective restraint reduction and CPI training.