A child or
youth may be placed in seclusion in an area designated by the head of the
institution or facility, for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) hours
under one or more of the following circumstances:
(1) there is reasonable cause to believe that
the child or youth may inflict physical injury on another person;
(2) to prevent the child or youth from
inflicting property damage;
child or youth is engaging in uncontrollable disruptive behavior.
(b) The staff member who
authorized the use of seclusion shall file a written report with the head of
the institution or facility setting forth the circumstances of the action and
the reason for the use of seclusion.
(c) If use of seclusion in excess of
twenty-four (24) hours is necessary, authorization must be obtained from the
head of the institution or facility, or his designee. Such authorization shall
be noted in writing with the reason(s) therefore, signed by the head of the
institution or facility, and made a part of the child's or youth's permanent
(d) In all cases
involving the use of seclusion, staff members must visually check on the
child's or youth's well-being at least once every thirty (30) minutes. Staff
shall also notify appropriate clinical/medical personnel of any special concern
about the child or youth.
seclusion areas shall be provided with normal furnishings, e.g. bed, chair,
etc., unless there is reasonable cause to believe that such items may be used
by the child or youth to harm himself or others. Such areas will be provided
with adequate heat, lighting and ventilation, and shall have a floor area of at
least 40 square feet. Provided, however, that areas used for seclusion for less
than two consecutive hours may have a floor area of not less than 30 square
feet if institutional policy promulgated under Sec.