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Positive supports

With the implementation of Minnesota law, Chapter 245D in January of 2014, and the positive supports rule Minnesota Rule 9544 in August 2015, all providers must use positive supports in place of restrictive interventions. The law prohibits the use of punitive practices and procedures, such as seclusion and restraint. Legislation allows for an 11-month transition period, if needed, to end prohibited practices.

If you have implemented a positive support transition plan (PSTP) (PDF) and the team does not believe it can phase out a prohibited procedure by the 11-month deadline because of a safety concern, the person’s team may request approval from the commissioner to extend the use of a procedure. More information is available on the Request prohibited procedure extension web page. You may also request approval for the use of a prohibited procedure that is not specifically permitted by Minn. R. 9544.0050, nor specifically prohibited by Minn. R. 9544.0060.

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What are positive supports?

Positive support strategies are strength-based strategies developed after an individualized assessment. They teach people productive and self-determined skills or alternative strategies and behaviors without the use of restrictive interventions.

What is the positive supports rule?

On Aug. 31, 2015, a new rule governing positive support strategies and restrictive interventions went into effect in Minnesota. The new rule frequently is called the "positive supports rule." The purpose of the rule is to improve the quality of life for people, including children, who receive DHS-licensed services. It requires service providers to use person-centered principles and positive support strategies for people to whom the rule applies.

DHS will issue a series of guidance documents about the positive supports rule to DHS license holders. In the meantime, for more information see:

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