A bill sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger is now on its way to the Senate after being passed by the house.
This week, the Federal House of Representatives passed H.R. 5855, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act, which provides $10 million in federal grants to hospitals that want to expand or create programs for patients who are recovering from injuries as a result of violent crime. The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Kinzinger and C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) addresses what Kinzinger describes as a revolving door of violent crime in communities across America by expanding hospital-based intervention programs.
“Mental health issues are spiking across the country, and unfortunately, so are acts of violence. And the victims are often caught in a vicious cycle of violence. But by supporting victims with the resources and education to pursue a different path, we can stop the cycle of violence and give people hope for a better tomorrow,” Kinzinger said.
H.R. 5855 requires the Secretary of the Health and Human Services to select existing and aspiring violence prevention programs from across the country to receive federal grants for expanding services or studying effectiveness. At the end of a 3-year pilot, each hospital will report its findings back to the federal government. Awards will range from $250,000 to $500,000.