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Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Get Bipartisan Support

Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced legislation February 11 that is aimed at improving hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIP). H.R. 5855, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020, expands on previously introduced legislation by providing new grant funding to create HVIP programs and broadening the reach of successful  existing programs. The legislation also requires research on best practices, which will play a critical role in documenting the success of these programs and will create a road map for hospitals to follow.

HVIPs are multidisciplinary programs that identify patients at risk of repeat violent injury and link them with hospital- and community-based resources that address underlying risk factors for violence, such as mental health and social determinants of health. Data indicate the HVIPs reduce violent injury recidivism as well as hospital costs, but more research is needed to better target these efforts and help spread them to areas of need around the country.

Read the American College of Surgeons (ACS) letter of support. For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org.

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