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§343.818: Preventative Mechanical Restraints

For resident, staff, and public safety purposes, a resident may be placed in ankle cuffs, handcuffs, wristlets or a waist belt absent the imminent threat requirements enumerated in §343.802(d) of this chapter. These types of preventative mechanical restraints are authorized under the following circumstances:

(1) Intra-facility relocation. Mechanical restraints may be used when moving a resident from point to point within a secure facility. The mechanical restraint devices shall be removed upon completion of the resident's relocation;

(2) Vehicular transport. A resident shall not be secured to:

(A) any part of the vehicle; or

(B) another resident;

(3) Off-site activities. Mechanical restraints may be used when a resident is required to leave the secure confines of the facility; or

(4) The routine, preventative mechanical restraint applications used in this section are exempt from the documentation requirements contained in §343.806 of this chapter, except when the resident's cooperation is compelled through the use of a personal or chemical restraint; when the resident receives an injury in relation to the restraint event or restraint devices; or when the resident's behavior escalates to the imminent threat criteria listed in §343.802(d) of this chapter.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §343.818 adopted to be effective January 1, 2010, 34 TexReg 7095