REACT builds upon Healing Hurt People Chicago j(HHPC), a collaboration of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, The University of Chicago Medicine, and Drexel University in Philadelphia. HHPC is a replication of the Healing Hurt People model developed at the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel’s School of Public Health, under the leadership of John Rich, MD, Sandy Bloom, MD, and Ted Corbin, MD.
The HHPC team, embedded at UCM, Comer and Stroger’s Level 1 Trauma Centers, tries to meet every violently injured patient under 19 to provide: a) trauma-focused support and psychoeducation as early as possible following violent injury; b) assessment of safety and other needs; and c) information about HHPC services. Patients interested in ongoing services are assigned a Trauma Intervention Specialist (TIS) who provides Intensive Case Management, most of which occurs in clients’ homes, schools and communities. The TIS works with each client to develop goals and identify what supports are needed to meet them, then works with and on behalf of the client to access needed resources.
The SELF psychoeducation framework, a core component of the Sanctuary Model, is integrated throughout HHPC in individual relationships and group settings. SELF groups, facilitated by HHPC TIS and peer leaders, focus on the four domains of disruption in a traumatized person’s life: Safety, Emotions, Loss and Future.
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The University of Chicago Medicine REACT Program was established and is partially supported by funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), grant #5U79SM063163-03. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.