Restraint in Mental Health Facilities
An adult in a public or privately contracted state mental health facility has a right not to be restrained unless he/she is determined to be an immediate danger to self or others. Restraint means the control of a person’s body in order to restrict movement by physically holding or by the use of mechanical or chemical restraints. This does not include protective medical devices used for the protection from injury. Any form of restraint requires a doctor’s order and specific documentation. Restraint is not to be used as punishment, due to lack of staffing, or for the convenience of staff.