December 28, 2021
The US Treasury’s Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA) program recognizes efforts by city-based Cure Violence crisis management system providers to reduce gun violence among youth
NEW YORK-Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the city’s efforts to break cycles of gun violence, especially among young people, have been recognized by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which is providing a $ 20.5 million grant. dollars to support the city’s ongoing work by Cure Violence providers. in its crisis management system (CMS) network.
“New York City has demonstrated time and time again that the most effective solutions to gun violence come from below,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. âThis administration’s investments in community violence prevention programs have increased public safety, stemmed violence and saved lives. I am grateful to the Treasury Department and the Biden-Harris administration for their recognition. This grant will allow us to invest more in these proven programs and to build a safer city for all.
“Gun violence is a horrible problem in this country, and it is never more tragic than when young people are involved” Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. Obviously, solving this problem will require many different solutions, but the one that the Treasury is proud to support involves community efforts to reach out to at-risk youth. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to working with communities to make sure they – and the young people who live there – are safe. “
âToday’s announcement highlights the many layers of success our gun violence interrupters have on the streets of our communities. In addition to saving lives, our CMS partners are now seeing a reinvestment in our communities through the economic impact of their work, âsaid Director of the Office of the Mayor of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) Marcos Gonzalez Soler. âThese funds will help us focus directly on our continuing efforts to break the cycle of violence among one of our most vulnerable populations: our youth. My thanks to the Treasury Department for recognizing this very important work.
A federal reinvestment program promulgated in early 2018, SIPPRA gives state and local governments the opportunity to be rewarded for “pay for results” projects that may show direct and tested improvements in one of many categories of social services.
Led by MOCJ Director Soler and in partnership with the University of Chicago and John Jay College, the city’s candidacy provided a concrete analysis of the economic benefits of the municipal gun violence interruption program. Using hospital data and other data, the MOCJ is able to calculate the savings to CMS and its providers on programs like Medicaid. For example, pre-pandemic assessments show that, from 2014 to 2019, gunshot wounds at four selected CMS sites decreased by 50% compared to a 32% reduction in matched sites without CMS. Fewer gunshot wounds and hospitalizations mean real economic savings and healthier communities.
The City competed with 35 other government candidates and is the program’s second prize to be announced. The awards include a project grant of $ 17,595,000 and an additional grant of $ 2,639,250 to cover the cost of an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the program.
The city’s crisis management system has been in existence since 2014 and has grown considerably under Blasio’s administration. In response to an increase in gun violence after the onset of COVID-19, the administration provided $ 35 million in additional funding to help develop the violence interrupters. By the end of the year, over 40 CMS partners plan to operate in 28 constituencies with the highest rates of gun violence. Located within the MOCJ, the CMS network is one of the key programs overseen by the Neighborhood Security Office.