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Alan Kurtz, Ph.D.
New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND)
The University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) embarked on a study, funded by the Maine Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council, to analyze the effect of increased support and training may have in reducing restraints, isolation, and seclusions at a private agency with residential and educational programs in various cities in Maine.
- Across all of its sites, this private agency has been utilizing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), a comprehensive crisis management program, designed by researchers at Cornell University. A team from Cornell is currently providing additional training in TCI implementation to agency staff at a specific site.
- CCIDS’s goal is to determine if increased support at one site will lead to improved outcomes, as compared to the sites that do not receive this training.
- Student outcomes are measured by analyzing data received on restraints, seclusions, and isolations at each site, including the number of each incident type, length of incidents, and types of restraints used.
- Staff outcomes are determined by staff participation in periodic job satisfaction surveys, inter-reporter reliability in reporting incidents, then umber of claims for worker’s compensation, and staff turnover data.
- My role in the project was to assist in editing the research proposal, attend meetings, complete a literature review, and compile the baseline data in SPSS.
University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
NH-ME LEND Capstone Poster Session and Celebration
Zoom web conference.
restraint and seclusion, crisis intervention program, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
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Peña, D. (2020, May). Examining restraint, isolation, and seclusion: The process, the literature, and the data of a research-based LEND leadership project. (PDF). Poster presented at the NH-ME LEND Capstone Poster Session and Celebration [Zoom web conference].