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Hospital Based Violence Intervention (HVIP) is a specific, evidence based, violence intervention methodology that involves partnerships between hospitals and frontline and community agencies.  Beginning at the point of injury, victims are offered wrap-around services and support, including case management, to reduce the risk of re-injury or becoming an offender themselves. The CT HVIP Collaborative was formed just before the pandemic in December of 2019. Its founding goal was to create a common table for agencies and stakeholders engaged in HVIP work to collaborate, fight for resources and inform, as well as the specific legislative goal of expanding Medicaid in Connecticut to cover Violence Prevention Professionals (VPPs). 

Since 2019, the CT HVIP Collaborative has expanded its footprint across the state of Connecticut and nationwide garnering recognition from the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (The HAVI), The Connecticut General Assembly, and others. The Collaborative is a dynamic group and  includes representation from, community based organizations, hospitals, the CT Department of Public Health and other stakeholders.

 The CT HVIP Collaborative is a vital partner in the the Connecticut Community Violence Intervention Ecosystem helping Connecticut remain a national leader in violence prevention. Our mission is to strengthen and expand the HVIP safety net across the state through training, research, sharing of best practices and collaboration.
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CT HVIP leadership participates in a conversation with Senator Richard Blumenthal

A leader on gun safety, Sen. Blumenthal plans how CT's laws can be adapted nationally

Seeking to build on last year's gun-safety breakthrough in Congress aimed at curbing so-called straw purchases of guns while strengthening red-flag laws, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Thursday told a virtual roundtable of advocates and health professionals that at the very least, President Joe Biden could convene a national Office of Gun Violence Prevention through an executive order.

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Connecticut Takes Lead Role in Professionalizing Front Line Violence Prevention 

In June of 2021, Governor Lamont signed historic legislation making Connecticut the first in the nation to implement guidance from the Biden Administration to use Medicaid as a tool to support community gun violence reduction.

HB5677 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION SERVICES UNDER MEDICAID makes those Violence Prevention Professionals (VPP) who have been on the job longer than 6 months and who have completed an intensive training through national partner the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) eligible to have their services reimbursed under Medicaid. The Connecticut HVIP Leadership team worked closely with our legislative partners, stakeholder the Connecticut Hospital Association and national partners the HAVI and Giffords Law Center to achieve this legislative victory.

CT HVIP in the News

Thanks to the work of our leadership, our stakeholders and our legislative champions, CT became the first in the nation to pass a Medicaid expansion to cover Certified Violence Prevention Professionals (VPPs).  Read more about that success below:

Medicaid Expansion National Coverage from The Trace
Medicaid Expansion State Coverage from NBC CT

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