The Center for Intensive Behavioral Supports (CIBS) project at Illinois State University partners with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to develop professional learning and resources to reduce the use of physical restraint, time out and isolated time out over the next three years.
On August 13, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 219 (“HB 219”) into law as Public Act 102-0339, which amended the Illinois School Code regarding the use of isolated time out, time out, and physical restraint interventions in schools. Public Act 102-0339 resulted in the ISBE establishing the following goals:
A. Develop annual training based on field research and best practices focusing on:
o Crisis de-escalation
o Restorative practices
o Identifying signs of distress during physical restraint and time out
o Trauma-informed practices
o Behavior management practices
B. Create an Alternatives to Time Out and Restraint Networking area to share best practices that work with students based on age, Individualized Education Program, and placement.