HOSPITAL RESPONSE PROGRAM
Acclivus’ flagship program is the Chicago Violent Trauma Hospital Response Program. It provides 24/7 (utilizing a centralized phone to receive and dispatch calls to responders) targeted violence prevention and intervention in real time to 5 level 1 trauma centers throughout the Chicagoland area (Advocate Aurora Christ Medical Center, Advocate Aurora Illinois Masonic Hospital, John H. Stroger Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital). Trauma-informed care, needs assessments, and therapeutic case-management services are structured to connect patients with resources that reduce risk of violent re-injury and further involvement in community violence.
In 2019 Acclivus started its street level intervention in two communities (Greater Grand Crossing and Washington Park) and quickly expanded by adding four additional areas (Grand Boulevard, Fuller Park, Washington Heights, and West Pullman). All six of the targeted communities have been prioritized by the city of Chicago due to their high level of violence. The overall Acclivus program is staffed by two key functional roles: Violence Interruption (Trauma Response at the hospital and Outreach Workers in the community) and Case Managers in both settings. Interruption staff are deployed quickly, and use behavior change techniques (i.e., motivational interviewing) to diffuse emotions and deescalate tensions with potential to lead to violence. Long-term, Case Management staff provide intensive emotional support and feedback to a caseload of individuals at risk for violence.