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Well-Informed: Prone Restraint

Prone restraint is a method of intervention where a person’s face and frontal part of his or her body is placed in a downward position touching any surface for any amount of time. The use of prone restraints in Ohio is prohibited. 

Prone restraints were banned in Ohio in 2005 because their use was determined to place people with disabilities at a high risk for serious injury and death. The Development and Implementation of Behavioral Support Strategies rule OAC 5123-2-06 emphasizes that restrictive measures are only to be used to keep people safe and that efforts should be directed at creating opportunities for people to exercise choice in matters that affect their daily lives.