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Office of Mental Health

Tools and Resources

These tools and resources are the product of two OMH initiatives (launched in 2007): A 4-year project to promote
Positive Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (PARS) that focused on three specific inpatient and residential mental health treatment facilities within New York State, and an 18-month follow-up initiative designed to integrate the lessons learned from PARS throughout the New York State mental health system.

Our primary approach has been implementation of the Six Core Strategies to Reduce the Use of Seclusion and Restraint Leaving OMH site, a curriculum developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

OMH hosted Learning Collaboratives on Restraint and Seclusion Prevention. From October 2010 through June 2011, over 30 hospitals and RTFs participated in five separate Learning Collaboratives led by four national experts. As an outgrowth of the Learning Collaboratives, we developed a series of webinars on the Six Core Strategies and Trauma-Informed Care.