This paragraph is taken from the memo from Ms. Brundage of OPWDD regarding proposed regulations. Please note the highlighted emphasis that I have provided.
Among its provisions, the proposed regulation prohibits aversive conditioning. OPWDD considers that the use of behavior modification techniques that involve deliberately inflicting sensations that are uncomfortable, painful, or noxious is inappropriate and unnecessary. The proposed regulation also does not allow for the emergency use of mechanical restraints (outside a healthcare provider’s service setting). Additional monitoring, oversight and reporting requirements pertaining to the use of physical interventions have been incorporated into the regulation, in accord with moving toward a restraint-free environment in OPWDD settings.
This is very good news to hear the in actual writing the movement toward a restraint free environment, something I have advocated for years. Here is a link to the entire memo. OPWDD Memo