TITLE 40.1
Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

CHAPTER 40.1-26
Rights for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

SECTION 40.1-26-4.1

§ 40.1-26-4.1. Aversive interventions – Prohibitions.

It shall be unlawful for any agency to use prohibited aversive intervention techniques on a person with a developmental disability in the state of Rhode Island. The specific strategies to be prohibited within the context of behavioral treatment interventions include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) Noxious, painful, intrusive stimuli or activities that result in pain;

(b) Any form of noxious, painful or intrusive spray or inhalant;

(c) Electric shock;

(d) Water spray to the face;

(e) Pinches and deep muscle squeezes;

(f) Shouting, screaming or using a loud, sharp, harsh voice to frighten or threaten or use of obscene language;

(g) Withholding adequate sleep;

(h) Withholding adequate shelter or bedding;

(i) Withholding bathroom facilities;

(j) Withholding meals, essential nutrition or hydration;

(k) Removal of an individual's personal property as punishment;

(l) Unobserved time-out or room/area solely used for time out;

(m) Facial or auditory screening devices; and

(n) Use of chemical restraints instead of positive programs or medical treatments.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 136, § 1.)