- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new Rhode Island law bans the use of prone restraints at residential care homes and other state-licensed facilities.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo held a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday to call attention to the legislation and other bills she officially signed in June or July.

Restraining people chest-down in the prone position has been linked to several deaths nationwide.

The ban applies to any state-licensed facility providing residential support, health care services, education or direct supervision.

Excluded from the ban are police officers, prisons, the youth detention facility and the forensic unit at Eleanor Slater Hospital.

The law also creates a commission to study restraint reporting practices.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Gayle Goldin, a Providence Democrat, and Rep. Dennis Canario, a Democrat representing Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton.

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