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ACS has issued the following draft policies for public comment due by June 19, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Room Isolation in Limited Secure Juvenile Justice Placement

Limited secure juvenile justice placement (LSP) providers may use room isolation to calm and contain the acute physical behavior of a youth only after all approved less restrictive interventions have been exhausted and found to be ineffective.  The purpose of room isolation is to protect a youth from harming him/herself or others.  This policy provides guidelines staff must follow whenever considering the use of room isolation.  Read the policy

This policy is being submitted for a 30-day review period.  Following a review of the submitted comments, this policy will be issued as final and the case practice expectations and requirements articulated within will become effective. 

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Policy for Juvenile Justice Placement

The Suicide Prevention and Intervention Policy for Juvenile Justice Placement provides guidelines that Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and juvenile justice provider agency staff must follow to minimize suicide risk potential among youth placed in non-secure placement (NSP) and limited secure placement (LSP) facilities.  Read the policy

This policy is being submitted for a 30-day review period.  Following a review of the submitted comments, this policy will be issued as final and the case practice expectations and requirements articulated within will become effective. 

We value your feedback and welcome your comments on both these policies via email to draft.policy.comments@acs.nyc.gov. Comments can also be sent by mail to:

ACS Policy Unit
150 William St., 17th Floor, RM H-2
NY, NY 10038

The deadline for submitting comments is 5 pm June 19, 2015.