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Office of Mental Health

Collaboration Across the State

New York State has undertaken an important cross-systems initiative to limit the use of hands-on interventions and/or seclusion in its health and human service agencies as a means of behavior management.

Four state agencies: the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the State Education Department, have joined for more than a year in a collaborative effort to reduce the use of these interventions.

Though each agency and its respective systems have differing definitions and policies on restraint and seclusion, we are focusing on the overall shared goal of reduction within each system through data collection, trend analysis, identifying outliers, targeted reduction strategies, and sharing best practices, innovative approaches, successes, and lessons learned. OMH is very proud to be an active and enthusiastic partner in this effort.

One facet of this initiative is to partner with providers to encourage discussion, raise awareness, and broaden participation.

On March 5, 2015, Deputy Secretary for Health Courtney Burke was joined by Clarence Sundram, former Special Advisor to the Governor on Vulnerable Persons; the four state agencies; and a small group of provider organizations to promote the initiative via a “Kickoff” webcast. Remote viewers were able to send comments or questions via email to the live webcast as we discussed how service providers can join in this initiative. The event was very well received, and many providers expressed their interest in collaborating to reduce the use of coercive interventions.

Links to view webcast events are below. Future webcasts created through the cross-systems initiative will continue to be posted on this page. Stay tuned and stay in touch!

R/S Reduction Initiative: Trauma-Informed Care Webcast 6-10-15 Leaving OMH site
Related materials and handouts
TIC Presentation Slides
R/S Reduction Initiative: Kickoff Forum 3-5-15 Leaving OMH site
Related materials and handouts
Schoharie County ARC Presentation
Mid-Hudson Forensic PC - Safe Reduction of Restraint
Mid-Hudson Forensic PC - Positive Action Awards

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Division of Quality Management.