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In Chapter 624 of the Laws of 2006, the New York State Legislature requested the Council on Children and Families to establish the Committee on Restraint and Crisis Intervention Techniques (RCIT Committee) to:
The legislation indicates techniques shall include, but not be limited to the use of physical restraint, therapeutic crisis intervention, crisis management or such other de-escalation techniques designed to help staff assist children to manage crisis situations. As required by legislation, the committee includes designees of the commissioners of children and family services, mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, education and health. Also included as committee members are representatives of statewide provider organizations; representatives of regional provider organizations that represent providers of educational and residential services to children; mental health professionals that provide direct care on a regular basis to children, and parent- and youth-representatives of children requiring special services.