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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

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Alternatives to Restrictive Interventions


Restrictive interventions include seclusion, physical restraint, isolation time-out and protective devices used for behavioral control. These interventions are to be used safely and only as a last resort. Only staff who have been trained in prevention strategies and demonstrated competence to use these procedures may use them.

Annual Renewal of NCI Instructor Trainer Certifications
1/26/15 Extension of NCI Instructor Trainer Certifications

1/15/13 Use of prone or face down positions no longer allowed. Learn more

9/1/11 A moratorium was imposed for:

4/1/03 Agencies providing services as part of the North Carolina publicly funded mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services system may use training programs of their choice, according to the rules (effective 4/1/03), as long as they are approved by the Division.

Lists of approved training are online:

4/1/03 State Administrative Rules Ready NC Connect NC