Mercer Hospital Gets Federal Funds For Violence Intervention Program

MERCER COUNTY, NJ – Mercer County-based Capital Health System will get funds under the American Rescue Plan for the New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP).

Capital Health System got $866,400 for the program. They are partnered with Violence Intervention for the Community Through Outreach Recovery (VICTORY).

The NJHVIP was first launched in 2020 using funds from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program.

The program connects victims of community violence to services beginning at hospitals. It provides support for healing and stability needed to reduce the risk of retaliation or revictimization.

“These innovative violence interventions programs support survivors of gun violence from the very early stages of their healing journey to help disrupt the cycles of violence that have claimed the lives of too many New Jerseyans,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. “Attorney General Platkin and I will continue to do the work to provide these necessary services to communities who have suffered enough from the epidemic of gun violence.”

In total 11 medical centers received a combined $10 million in funds.

Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said keeping residents safe was his department’s number one priority. “These innovative community-based partnerships with our leading medical institutions across the state are what happens when we treat public safety as a shared responsibility and as a matter of public health,” Platkin said.

Under the HVIP program, teams of medical and community provider staff — consisting of hospital clinicians, social workers, case managers, violence interventionists, and community health workers—come together in the aftermath of a violent incident to provide a range of services for victims and their families.

The services include crisis intervention, conflict mediation, victim compensation, and mental health and substance use interventions.

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