(1) Each youth must be physically observed at intervals no more than 15 minutes apart.

(a) The facility shall implement a means of recording the daily population of youth in the facility. The means of such recording must be written in policy. The policy must ensure compliance with the requirement that the population of youth be recorded daily.

(2) A youth giving indications of self destructive tendencies or exhibiting behavior suggesting possible medical problems must be monitored more regularly.

(3) The facility must have written policies and procedures for security and control which are in accordance with recognized ACA standards. These must include:

(a) searches of residents, their rooms or property;

(b) control of contraband;

(c) population counts;

(d) key, tool, utensil and cutlery control;

(e) visitation;

(f) emergency procedures;

(g) preventing escapes;

(h) staffing; and

(i) locking of doors.

(4) Staff members shall control security measures, and must not permit youth to assist with these security measures.

(5) Procedures must provide for regular and frequent inspections and maintenance of all security devices, locks, and doors to ensure their proper working order and to detect escape efforts. Any damaged or nonfunctioning security equipment must be promptly repaired.

(6) All living and sleeping areas must be kept free of bars, grates, hooks, or any other physical features which may reasonably be expected to present a suicide risk to youth.

(7) Procedures must provide that, except in emergency situations, weapons including those of law enforcement personnel, are not permitted beyond a designated area to which detained youth have no access.

(8) Every facility shall implement policies and procedures for tool control, confidentiality requirements, and limitations on youth interactions whenever maintenance workers or other nonstaff members are admitted to the facility.

(9) Facility procedures must provide for reporting escapes or runaways.

(10) Procedures must provide for a plan to be followed in emergency situations (e.g., fire, disturbance, taking of hostages, and natural disasters) which must be made available to all personnel.

(11) Work stoppage and riot/disturbance plans may be communicated only to appropriate supervisory or other personnel directly involved in the implementation of those plans.

History: 41-5-1802, MCA; IMP, 41-5-1802, MCA; NEW, 1999 MAR p. 121, Eff. 1/15/99; AMD, 2005 MAR p. 2665, Eff. 12/23/05; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 570, Eff. 4/15/11.