Critical Incident

any actual or alleged event or situation that creates a significant risk of substantial or serious harm to the physical or mental health, safety, or well-being of a participant (3.31) that requires a response by program personnel (3.34) or first responders, or an event that prevents a participant (3.31) from successful participation in the program (3.40)

  • Note 1 to entry: This definition is adapted from the North Dakota Department of Human Services Medical Services Division. [2]
  • Note 2 to entry: Critical incidents under this definition should not be confused with critical incidents in education, which refer more generally to experiences which cause stress and can serve as “teaching moments.”