State Policies on the Use of Restrictive Procedures

These pages provide a comprehensive listing of state statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures regarding the use of emergency or planned physical, chemical, mechanical, or other restraints. Additional documents offer information on positive behavior support guidelines, training manuals, and other policy-related materials. Many emphasize the use of positive or non-aversive interventions. Please review the materials and links listed for your state to ensure all relevant information is included and appropriately referenced. Send additional articles, revisions, comments, and suggestions to Barbara Brent, Director of State Policy at or 703-896-0043.

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