Restraint in Developmental Disability Facilities
Including group homes, Developmental Disability Centers (DDC), and the Comprehensive Transitional Education Program (CTEP or “Carlton Palms”)
In Florida, an individual who has a developmental disability (DD) can only be restrained to control behaviors that create an emergency or crisis situation. Restraint means the immobilization of a person’s body in order to restrict movement by physically holding or by the use of mechanical devices or medications. Restraint does not include health related protective medical devices, orthopedic equipment, or other restraints used for medical treatment, devices used to support functional body position, or equipment used for safety during transportation. Chemical restraint requires a doctor’s order, and other forms of restraint require the authorization of a Certified Behavior Analyst or other qualified individual as outlined in the state rules. All forms of restraint require specific documentation. Restraint is not to be used as punishment, to compensate for inadequate staffing or for the convenience of staff.
It’s important to remember that every effort should be made by staff to avoid unnecessary use of restraints, and should therefore try to redirect and diffuse problem behavior before it reaches crisis proportions.
Each facility or provider has developed its own policies and procedures related to the use of restraint. If you want to know what they are, ask the facility administrator for a copy.