5122-26-16 Seclusion, restraint and time-out.

(A) The provision of a physically and psychologically safe environment is a basic foundation and requirement for effective mental health treatment. Adopting trauma informed treatment practices, creating calm surroundings and establishing positive, trusting relationships are essential to facilitating a person's treatment and recovery.

The goal of reducing and minimizing the use of seclusion and restraint is one that must be shared and articulated by the organization's leadership. The elevation of oversight by leadership of each use of seclusion or restraint in order to investigate causality, ascertain relevancy of current policies and procedures, and identify any associated workforce development issues, is core to the successful achievement of this goal.

These methods are very intrusive techniques to be used by trained, qualified staff as a last resort in order to control dangerous and potentially harmful behaviors and to preserve safety. Best practices include careful early assessment of a person's history, experiences, preferences, and the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of past exposure to these methods.

Use of seclusion or restraint must be subject to performance improvement processes in order to identify ways in which the use of these methods can be decreased/avoided and more positive, relevant and less potentially dangerous techniques used in their place.

When individuals experience repeated or sustained use of these methods, leadership should evaluate all causative factors and consider alternative treatment interventions and/or possible transfer to/placement in a more structured treatment setting with the capacity to meet individual needs with reduced exposure to these intrusive interventions.

(B) The purpose of this rule is to state the general requirements applicable to the use of seclusion and restraint, and to the adoption of processes to reduce their utilization.

(C) The following definitions shall apply to rules 5122-26-16 to 5122-26-16.2 of the Administrative Code and supersede those contained in rule 5122-24-01 of the Administrative Code:

(1) "Advance directives" means a legal document an adult can use to direct in advance the decisions about his or her mental and/or physical health treatment, if in the future he/she lacks the capacity to make his/her own health care decisions. Two types of advance directives related to mental health treatment are: a "Declaration for Mental Health Treatment" subject to the requirements of Chapter 2135. of the Revised Code, and a "Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care" subject to the requirements of sections 1337.11 to 1337.17 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Behavior management" means the utilization of interventions that are applied in a systematic and contingent manner in the context of individual or group programs to change or manage behavior or facilitate improved self-control. The goal of behavior management is not to curtail or circumvent an individual's rights or human dignity, but rather to support the individual's recovery and increase his/her ability to exercise those rights.

(3) "Comfort rooms", (formerly known as quiet or time-out rooms), are adapted sensory rooms that provide sanctuary from stress and/or can be places for persons to experience feelings within acceptable boundaries.

(4) "Individual crisis plan" means a written plan that allows the person to identify coping techniques and share with staff what is helpful in assisting to regain control of his/her behavior in the early stages of a crisis situation. It may also be referred to as a "behavior support plan."

(5) "Mechanical restraint" means any method of restricting a person's freedom of movement, physical activity, or normal use of his or her body, using an appliance or device manufactured for this purpose.

(6) "Physical restraint", also known as "manual restraint", means any method of physically restricting a person's freedom of movement, physical activity, or normal use of his or her body without the use of mechanical restraint devices.

(7) "PRN (pro re nata)" means as the situation demands.

(8) "Prone Restraint" means all items or measures used to limit or control the movement or normal functioning of any portion, or all, of an individual's body while the individual is in a face-down position for an extended period of time. Prone restraint may include either physical (also known as manual) or mechanical restraint.

(9) "Qualified person" means an employee and/or volunteer who carries out the agency's tasks under the agency's administration and/or supervision, and who is qualified to utilize or participate in the utilization of seclusion or restraint by virtue of the following: education, training, experience, competence, registration, certification, or applicable licensure, law, or regulation.

(10) "Seclusion" means the involuntary confinement of a person alone in a room where the person is physically prevented from leaving.

(11) "Sensory rooms" means appealing physical spaces painted with soft colors with the availability of furnishings and objects that promote relaxation and/or stimulation.

(12) "Time-out" means an intervention in which a person is required to remove him/herself from positive reinforcement to a specified place for a specified period of time. Time-out is not seclusion.

(13) "Transitional hold" means a brief physical (also known as manual) restraint of an individual face-down for the purpose of quickly and effectively gaining physical control of that individual, or prior to transport to enable the individual to be transported safely.

(14) "Vital signs" means the rates or values indicating an individual's blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration.

(D) General requirements

(1) Seclusion or restraint shall not be used unless it is in response to a crisis situation, i.e., where there exists an imminent risk of physical harm to the individual or others, and no other safe and effective intervention is identified.

(a) They shall not be used as behavior management interventions, to compensate for the lack of sufficient staff, as a substitute for treatment, or as an act of punishment or retaliation.

(b) Absent a co-existing crisis situation that includes the imminent risk of physical harm to the individual or others, the destruction of property by an individual, in and of itself is not adequate grounds for the utilization of these methods.

(2) The following shall not be used under any circumstances:

(a) Behavior management interventions that employ unpleasant or aversive stimuli such as: the contingent loss of the regular meal, the contingent loss of bed, and the contingent use of unpleasant substances or stimuli such as bitter tastes, bad smells, splashing with cold water, and loud, annoying noises.

(b) Any technique that restricts the individual's ability to communicate, including consideration given to the communication needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing;

(c) Any technique that obstructs vision;

(d) Any technique that obstructs the airways or impairs breathing;

(e) Use of mechanical restraint on individuals under age eighteen;

(f) A drug or medication that is used as a restraint to control behavior or restrict the individual's freedom of movement and is not a standard treatment or dosage for the individual's medical or psychiatric condition or that reduces the individual's ability to effectively or appropriately interact with the world around him/her; and

(g) The use of handcuffs or weapons such as pepper spray, mace, nightsticks, or electronic restraint devices such as stun guns and tasers.

The presence of weaponry in an agency poses potential hazards, both physical and psychological, to clients, staff and visitors. Utilization by the agency of non-agency employed armed law enforcement personnel (e.g., local police) to respond to and control psychiatric crisis situations, shall be minimized to the extent possible.

(3) Position in physical or mechanical restraint.

(a) An individual shall be placed in a position that allows airway access and does not compromise respiration.

(i) The use of prone restraint is prohibited.

(ii) A transitional hold shall be limited to the minimum amount of time necessary to safely bring the person under control, at which time staff shall either terminate the transitional hold, and begin the post-restraint process required by this rule, or, if the individual cannot safely be released from the transitional hold, re-position the individual into an alternate restraint position.

(b) The use of transitional hold shall be subject to the following requirements:

(i) Applied only by staff who have current training on the safe use of transitional hold techniques, including how to recognize and respond to signs of distress in the individual.

(ii) The weight of the staff shall be placed to the side, rather than on top of the individual. No transitional hold shall allow staff to straddle or bear weight on the individual's torso while applying the restraint, i.e. no downward pressure may be applied that may compromise the individual's ability to breathe.

(iii) No transitional hold shall allow the individual's hands or arms to be under or behind his/her head or body. The arms must be at the individual's side.

(iv) No soft device, such as a pillow, blanket or other item, shall be used to cushion the client's head, since such a device may restrict the individual's ability to breathe.

(v) All staff involved in the procedure must constantly observe the individual's respiration, coloring, and other signs of distress, listen for the individual's complaints of breathing problems, and immediately respond to assure safety.

(4) The choice of the least restrictive, safe and effective use of seclusion or restraint for an individual is determined by the person's assessed needs, including a consideration of any relevant history of trauma and/or abuse, risk factors as identified in paragraph (G)(3) of this rule, the effective or ineffective methods previously used with the person and, when possible, upon the person's preference.

(a) Upon admission/intake and when clinically warranted, the person and his/her parent, custodian or guardian, as appropriate, shall be informed of the agency's philosophy on the use of seclusion or restraint as well as of the presence of any agency policies and procedures addressing their use by the agency. Such policies and procedures shall be made available to the person and/or to his/her parent, custodian or guardian upon request.

Adult clients shall be offered the opportunity to give consent for the notification of their use to a family member or significant other.

(5) Within twenty-four hours of the initiation of seclusion or restraint, the agency shall notify the following individuals:

(a) For children/adolescents, the client's parent, custodian or guardian;

(b) For adults, the client's guardian, when applicable, or family or significant other when the client has given his/her consent for such notification.

(6) Following the conclusion of each incident of seclusion or restraint, the client and staff shall participate in a debriefing(s).

(a) The debriefing shall occur within twenty-four hours of the incident unless the client refuses, is unavailable, or there is a documented clinical contraindication.

(b) The following shall be invited to participate unless such participation is clinically contraindicated and the rationale is documented in the clinical record:

(i) For a child/adolescent client, the family, or custodian or guardian, or

(ii) For an adult client, the client's family or significant other when the client has given consent in accordance with paragraph (D)(4)(a) of this rule, or an adult client's guardian, if applicable.

(7) A thorough review and analysis of each incident of the use of seclusion or restraint shall be undertaken in order to use the knowledge gained from such analysis to inform policy, procedures, and practices to avoid repeated use in the future and to improve treatment outcomes. Secondarily, such analysis should help to mitigate, to the extent possible, the adverse and potentially traumatizing effects of a seclusion or restraint event for involved staff, clients, and for all witnesses to the event.

(8) The inclusion of clients (including children), families, and external advocates in various roles and at all agency levels to assist in reducing the use of seclusion or restraint shall be considered.

(E) Policies and procedures

(1) The agency shall establish policies and procedures that reflect how the utilization of seclusion or restraint is reviewed, evaluated, and approved for use. The agency shall document if and how the inclusion of clients and families in the development of such policies occurred.

(2) Policies and procedures governing the use of seclusion or restraint shall include attention to preservation of the person's health, safety, rights, dignity, and well-being during use. Additionally:

(a) Respect for the person shall be maintained when such methods are utilized;

(b) Use of the environment, including the possible addition of comfort and sensory rooms, shall be designed to assist in the person's development of emotional self-management skills; and

(c) The number of appropriately trained staff available to apply or initiate seclusion or restraint shall be adequate to ensure safety. The use of non-agency employed law enforcement personnel, e.g., local police, to substitute for the lack of sufficient numbers of appropriately trained staff in such situations is prohibited.

(F) Staff training.

(1) The agency shall ensure that all direct care staff and any other staff involved in the use of seclusion or restraint receive initial and annual training designed to minimize their use.

(a) Staff shall be trained and demonstrate competency in the correct and appropriate use of non-physical techniques for intervention, such as mediation and conflict resolution, and de-escalation of disruptive or aggressive acts, persons and/or situations; and

(b) Staff shall be trained in understanding how their behavior can affect the behavior of clients.

(2) The agency shall identify, educate and approve staff members to use seclusion or restraint. Competency of staff in the use and documentation of seclusion or restraint methods shall be routinely evaluated. The results of evaluations shall be maintained by the agency for a minimum of three years for each staff member identified.

(a) Staff shall have appropriate training prior to utilizing seclusion or restraint, and, at a minimum, annually thereafter. The exception to annual training is a first aid and/or CPR training/certification program of a nationally recognized certifying body, e.g. the american red cross or american heart association, when that certifying body establishes a longer time frame for certification and renewal.

(i) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in the identification and assessment of those possible risk factors identified in paragraph (G) of this rule and to understand how these may impact the way a client responds to seclusion or restraint, and place an individual at greater risk to experience physical or psychological trauma during an episode of seclusion or restraint;

(ii) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in choosing the least restrictive intervention based on an individualized assessment of the client's behavioral and/or medical status or condition;

(iii) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in the safe application of all seclusion or restraint interventions he or she is authorized to perform, including specific training in utilization of transitional hold, if applicable;

(iv) Staff shall be trained and certified in first aid and CPR;

(v) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in recognizing and responding to signs of physical distress in clients who are being secluded or restrained;

(vi) Staff authorized to take vital signs and blood pressure shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in taking them and understanding their relevance to physical safety and distress;

(vii) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in assessing circulation, range of motion, nutrition, hydration, hygiene, and toileting needs; and

(viii) Staff shall be trained in and demonstrate competency in helping a client regain control to meet behavioral criteria to discontinue seclusion or restraint.

(b) Leadership shall maintain a current list of staff authorized to utilize seclusion or restraint interventions which is readily available to all agency staff who may be asked to participate in these interventions; and

(c) The curriculum used to train staff shall be documented and shall be made available to ODMH upon request.

(G) Documentation.

(1) The presence of advance directives or client preferences addressing the use of seclusion or restraint shall be determined and considered, and documented in the ICR. If the agency will be unable to utilize seclusion or restraint in a manner in accordance with the person's directives or preferences, the agency shall notify the individual, including the rationale, and document such in the ICR.

(2) In conjunction with the person's active participation, an individual crisis plan shall be developed at the time of admission and incorporated in the person's ISP for each child/adolescent resident of an ODMH licensed residential facility, for each client known to have experienced seclusion or restraint, and when otherwise clinically indicated.

The plan shall be based on the initial mental health assessment, and shall include and be implemented, as feasible, in the following order:

(a) Identification of the methods or tools to be used by the client to de-escalate and manage his or her own aggressive behavior;

(b) Identification of techniques and strategies for staff in assisting the person to maintain control of his or her own behavior; and

(c) Identification, in order of least restrictive to most restrictive, of the methods/tools to be used by staff to de-escalate and manage the client's aggressive behavior.

(3) Initial and ongoing identification of individual-specific contraindications to the use of seclusion or restraint shall be documented. Consideration of the use of such methods shall take into account the following which may place the person at greater risk of physical or psychological injury as a result of the use of seclusion or restraint:

(a) Gender;

(b) Age;

(c) Developmental issues;

(d) Culture, race, ethnicity, and primary language;

(e) History of physical and/or sexual abuse, or psychological trauma;

(f) Medical and other conditions that might compromise physical well-being, e.g., asthma, epilepsy, obesity, lung and heart conditions, an existing broken bone, pregnancy, and drug/alcohol use; and

(g) Physical disabilities.

(4) Debriefings following the conclusion of each incident of seclusion or restraint shall be documented, and shall include, at a minimum:

(a) The incident and antecedent behaviors which lead to the use of seclusion or restraint;

(b) What actions might have prevented the use of seclusion or restraint; and what techniques and tools might help the individual manage his or her own behavior in the future;

(c) The person's reaction to the method, including whether there is any need for counseling or other services related to the incident; and

(d) Whether any modifications to the person's ISP or individual crisis plan are needed.

(5) Each incident of seclusion or restraint shall be clinically and/or administratively reviewed. Such review shall be documented.

(H) Logs and notifications.

(1) A log shall be maintained for department review of each incident of mechanical restraint, seclusion, and physical restraint, and for time-outs exceeding sixty minutes per episode. The log shall include, at minimum, the following information:

(a) The person's name or other identifier;

(b) The date, time and type of method or methods utilized, i.e., seclusion, mechanical restraint, physical restraint and/or transitional hold, or time-out. The log of physical and mechanical restraint shall also describe the type of intervention as follows:

(i) For mechanical restraint, the type of mechanical restraint device used;

(ii) For physical restraint, as follows:

(a) Transitional hold, and/or

(b) Physical restraint; and

(c) The duration of the method or methods.

If both transitional hold and physical restraint are utilized during a single episode of restraint, the duration in each shall be included on the log. For example, a physical restraint that begins with a one minute transitional hold, followed by a three minute physical restraint shall be logged as one restraint, indicating the length of time in each restraint type.

(2) Pursuant to rules 5122-26-13 and 5122-30-16 of the Administrative Code, the agency shall notify ODMH of each:

(a) Instance of physical injury to a client/resident that is restraint-related, e.g., injuries incurred when being placed in seclusion or restraint or while in seclusion or restraint, with the exception of injury that is self-inflicted, i.e. a client/resident banging his/her own head;

(b) Death that occurs while a person is restrained or in seclusion;

(c) Death occurring within twenty four hours after the person has been removed from restraints or seclusion, and

(d) Death where it is reasonable to assume that a person's death may be related to or is a result of such seclusion or restraint.

(I) Performance improvement.

(1) The agency shall collect data on all instances of the use of seclusion or restraint and integrate the data into performance improvement activities.

(2) Data shall be aggregated and reviewed at least semi-annually by agencies and at least quarterly by ODMH licensed residential facilities. The minimum data to be collected for each episode shall include:

(a) Staff involved, including staff member(s) who initiated the seclusion or restraint;

(b) Duration of the method;

(c) Date, time and shift each method was initiated;

(d) Day of week;

(e) Type of method, including type of physical hold or mechanical restraints utilized;

(f) Client age, race, gender and ethnicity;

(g) Client and/or staff injuries;

(h) Number of episodes per client; and

(i) Use of psychotropic medications during an intervention of seclusion or restraint.

(3) Data shall be reviewed:

(a) For analysis of trends and patterns of use; and

(b) To identify opportunities to reduce the use of seclusion or restraint.

(4) The agency shall routinely compare how its practices compare with current information and research on effective practice.

(5) The results of data reviews and performance improvement activities shall be shared with staff at least semi-annually with the goal of reducing the use of seclusion or restraint.

(J) Plan to reduce seclusion or restraint.

(1) An agency which utilizes seclusion or restraint shall develop a plan designed to reduce its use. The plan shall include attention to the following strategies:

(a) Identification of the role of leadership;

(b) Use of data to inform practice;

(c) Workforce development;

(d) Identification and implementation of prevention strategies;

(e) Identification of the role of clients (including children), families, and external advocates; and

(f) Utilization of the post seclusion or restraint debriefing process.

(2) A written status report shall be prepared annually, and reviewed by leadership.

(K) Staff actions commonly known as therapeutic, supportive or directional touch, utilized to direct an individual to another area without the use of force and which do not restrict an individual's freedom of movement, are not considered restraint and are not subject to the provisions of this rule.

Replaces: 5122-26-16, Part of 5122-26- 16.1, Part of 5122-26- 16.2, Part of 5122-26- 16.3

Effective: 01/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5119.22 , 5119.61 , 5119.611
Rule Amplifies: 5119.22 , 5119.61 , 5119.611
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/91, 4/6/01