Violence

Innovations

Peer-Assisted Crisis Intervention Supports Staff Assaulted by Patients, Reducing Assaults, Victim Symptoms, and Staff Turnover 06/07/11

A voluntary, peer-assisted crisis intervention program supports hospital and community center staff who are victims of patient assault, leading to reductions in trauma symptoms, assaults, staff turnover, and turnover-related costs.

Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes 02/21/11

A hospital-based program for young victims of penetrating trauma identifies those at risk of future violence, educates them about the need to change behaviors to reduce those risks, and connects them to community-based organizations that can help them in doing so, leading to fewer repeat episodes.

Regular Meetings of Patients and Staff Reduce Violent Episodes by 85 Percent on Inpatient Psychiatric Unit 10/28/10

An inpatient psychiatric unit holds regular 30-minute “community” meetings focused on violence prevention, with all on-duty unit staff and patients attending; the meetings—which serve as a forum for expressing concerns, reviewing recent episodes, and brainstorming prevention strategies—reduced violent episodes by 85 percent.

Long-Term Expressive Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Emotional Health of Low-Income Children Affected by Trauma 08/12/10

Jumping Mouse Children's Center, a nonprofit mental health center, provides free or heavily subsidized long-term expressive mental health therapy to low-income children affected by trauma, advocates for their rights, and provides support to their parents. The program has led to improved emotional health for the children and greater knowledge and confidence among parents and other primary caregivers.

Crisis Prevention Team Calms Agitated Patients in Psychiatric Units, Leading to a Reduction in the Use of Restraints and Seclusion and Fewer Injuries 04/21/10

A trained rapid response, crisis prevention team calms agitated patients in inpatient psychiatry units, leading to less use of restraints and seclusion and fewer injuries to staff and patients.

Refugee Trauma Program Uses Novel Approach to Promote Recovery for Victims of Violence, Other Trauma 10/15/08

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma developed and promotes a novel approach to identifying and treating refugees who are victims of trauma.

Home-Based Crisis Intervention Reduces Trauma Symptoms and Behavior Problems Among Children Who Witness Violence 02/25/08

The Summit County Children Who Witness Violence program was a collaborative effort sponsored by Akron Children's Hospital that was designed to decrease the traumatic impact of witnessing violence for children under the age of 18 years through the use of home-based trauma services.

Community-Wide Collaboration Provides School-Based Mental Health Services to Students and Families in Impoverished, High-Crime, Urban Neighborhoods 02/25/08

A child mental health agency, the Boston Public Schools, and several other urban community service agencies have joined together to provide school-based mental health and other support services to students and their families living in neighborhoods plagued by poverty and crime.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Provides Immediate and Ongoing Services to Children Exposed to Violence and Trauma, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life 02/22/08

The Child Development Community Policing Program provides crisis intervention services, clinical services, and coordinated case planning for children, adolescents, and families who are exposed to violence and other traumatizing events.

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