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Office of Mental Health

Tools and Resources

The tools and resources on this website are the product of two initiatives in which OMH has been engaged since 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 PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site, a curriculum developed by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). In November 2012 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) posted the Six Core Strategies on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Leaving OMH site. A snapshot of the Six Core Strategies PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site shows how it helps organizations establish comprehensive and system-wide integration of positive alternatives to restraint and seclusion, embracing the principles of person-centered, recovery-oriented, trauma-informed care.

OMH also 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.

A centerpiece of this page is the Leadership Toolkit - a concise set of resources for leaders of mental health providers and organizations interested in developing initiatives to reduce restraint and seclusion use. As a framework for the Toolkit, the website presents two sets of introductory materials: a set of presentations, articles and statements that describe the national and OMH initiatives to reduce and ultimately prevent the use of restraint and seclusion and the rationale for these initiatives; and a series of stories from providers around the country that have implemented successful strategies to reduce restraint and seclusion use. Following the Leadership Toolkit is a large menu of materials on the Six Core Strategies for Reducing Seclusion and Restraint Use. Sections on trauma and trauma-informed care and related topics complete the website.