One of the common questions we receive is regarding the difference between Prevention and Support and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, commonly referred to as CPI. Just to be clear the actual course is called Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) developed by the company Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).
Prevention and Support is strictly an Arizona based curriculum. It is not used in any other state. Prevention and Support is used primarily by provider agencies that are contracted with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The course focuses on the importance of developing relationships, the importance of valued roles, verbal de-escalation skills and least restrictive options. Prevention and Support promotes a "hands-off" approach when it comes to supporting someone who may be in an agitated state. The criteria for using any of the Emergency Physical Intervention Techniques is clear: the risk of injury to the person or to another must be imminent. Prevention and Support is not a mandated course in the state of Arizona.
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a nationally recognized, evidence based curriculum that is used primarily for non-DD service providers. NCI serves many organizations ranging from Behavioral Health, Healthcare, Education and Dementia Care. The primary goal of NCI training is to verbally de-escalate and maintain a safe environment at all times. The training is designed to meet an agencies specific need as it is broken up into three categories: Verbal Intervention, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention with Advanced Physical Skills. When an agency refers to their employee requiring a "Blue Card" this is the training that is required.
Here at OMNEAN LLC. We only offer the DDD approved course for contracted providers, Prevention and Support. You can check out our schedule of classes at either our Chandler or Phoenix locations by clicking Here: OMNEAN Prevention and Support