The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and Adam Kinzinger to expand hospital-based violence intervention programs around the country.
The legislation, H.R. 5855 provides $10 million in federal grants to hospitals that offer services to victims of violent crime while they are recovering from their injuries. The bill, which will now be considered by the full House of Representatives and addresses the revolving door of violent injury and re-injury seen at trauma centers around the country, where many patients are “repeat customers."
Kinzinger said “Without question, we have a violence epidemic here in America, and I believe the community plays a critical role in addressing this crisis,” The Congressmen’s legislation requires the Secretary of 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 three-year pilot, each hospital will report its findings back to the federal government. Awards will range from $250,000 to $500,000.