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55 Pa. Code § 2390.173. Appropriate use of restrictive procedures.

§ 2390.173. Appropriate use of restrictive procedures.

 (a)  A restrictive procedure may not be used as retribution, for the convenience of staff persons, as a substitute for a program or in a way that interferes with the client’s developmental program.

 (b)  For each use of a restrictive procedure:

   (1)  Every attempt shall be made to anticipate and de-escalate the behavior using techniques less intrusive than a restrictive procedure.

   (2)  A restrictive procedure may not be used unless less restrictive techniques and resources appropriate to the behavior have been tried but have failed.


   The provisions of this §  2390.173 issued under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021 of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).


   The provisions of this §  2390.173 adopted October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777.

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