US SB 3031, the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2016, directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require each covered program in a state, in order for the state to remain eligible for grants to prevent child abuse and neglect at residential programs, to prohibit child abuse and neglect and meet specified minimum standards.
The bill:
  • Relates to a program that is operated by a public or private entity and purports to provide treatment or modify behaviors in a residential environment, such as:
    • A program with a wilderness or outdoor experience, expedition, or intervention, a boot camp experience or other experience designed to simulate characteristics of basic military training or correctional regimes, a therapeutic boarding school, and a behavioral modification program.
  • Doesn’t apply to hospitals.
  • Prohibits certain restraints and seclusion. The use of seclusion, mechanical restraints, and physical restraints that impair breathing or communication shall be prohibited, and all other physical restraints may only be used if the child poses an imminent danger of harm to self or others and only after less restrictive interventions have been determined to be ineffective.
  • States that the entity carrying out the program must employ safe, evidence-based practices, and children must be protected against harmful practices, including use of isolation or of mechanical restraints or physical restraints.
CPI Training Can Help You Comply With the Proposed Legislation
CPI offers training and resources to help you meet requirements like those in the federal bill. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training equips staff with techniques focused on prevention that can help keep you and those you support safe.