Beginning in April 2020, The Center for Discovery, Inc., in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) began a two-year, multi-faceted project to include a landscape analysis, stakeholder engagement, and the establishment of a technical assistance and resource center to provide best practice solutions to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion (R/S) practices across New York State agencies. The landscape analysis portion of the project is aimed at better understanding the variety of policies, practices, and implementation of restraint and seclusion across complex and vulnerable populations. Analysis of existing datasets, peer-reviewed research, and agency specific interviews focusing on current trends, agency-wide understanding of Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD), stress responses in individuals and staff members caring for those with ID/DD and other complex conditions, barriers to effective training and implementation, and the many other factors that influence R/S policy and regulation will be included to ensure applicability of future recommendations.
The second half of the project will focus on the development and establishment of a Technical Assistance Resource Center and Network to centralize dissemination of best practices, provide coaching for interested providers and advocates, and to ensure a space for inter-agency collaboration well into the future. With the ongoing goal of reducing the use of restraint and seclusion practices across all state agencies, this collaborative effort will seek to establish common foci across the human service systems of New York State.
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