Across the nation and internationally, a leading-edge best practice for preventing and reducing community violence is the hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP), model. In Hartford and statewide, interest in the multidisciplinary teamwork of HVIPs has grown among medical institutions and community agencies alike — and led to HCTC’s formation in January 2020 of the CT HVIP Collaborative (CT HVIP).
Our national partner, the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (the HAVI), has provided policy guidance, training, and technical assistance along the way, including, in December of 2020, an intensive, six-day Violence Prevention Professional (VPP) certification session providing frontline workers with details on the continuity of best practices.
The CT HVIP will continue to move forward in 2021 with a focus on building out our three work groups (Policy, Research & Evaluation, and Training & Technical Assistance) and will continue to steward relationships with vital partners that include the Connecticut Hospital Association, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and leaders in the Connecticut General Assembly.
H.B. 5677: An Act Concerning the Availability of Violence Prevention Services Under Medicaid
Trained Violence Prevention Professionals help connect those affected by violent crimes to the services they need. VPPs can Reduce the re-injury rate, and cut Medicaid costs drastically down by redirecting clients to primary care physicians, providing case management and referrals for employment and training, housing, mental health services, and meeting other basic needs. Supporting them will help enhance the value of our community. H.B. 5677 seeks to use Medicaid funds to reimburse Violence Prevention Professionals for their services treating victims of violence in the community.
Members of the Public Health Committee- once the bill has been scheduled for a public hearing, you can email them with your messages of support- Click Here.
Recent CT Mirror article highlighting CT HVIP Program- Click Here.