felt empowered by the skills he was learning. He was put in
charge of teaching middle-schoolers how to trim trees during
a summer seminar. Six months after the program initiation,
Robert was on his home front steps arriving from work when
he was shot in the leg. Robert was treated for his injury and
recovered enough to go back to the arborist program several
This story brings to light the painful fact that secure housing may not be safe housing. Is this recidivist event considered a
failure of his violence prevention program? Not necessarily. While
we may be unable to modify all risk factors in a client’s life, such
as the surrounding community, the services provided to a client,
such as mental health services and vocational training, should be
taken into consideration when evaluating the outcomes of these
public health programs. If only recidivism is tracked, the other
components of value will go unrecognized.
Step 7: Budget and sustainable funding
I. Bare-bones program budget
•In-kind support for the director and prevention coordinator
• Two full-time CMs at $35,000–$60,000 plus benefits
•Software program at $6,000–$12,000
II. Established programs increase budgets for more CMs, and pay
percentage of salaries for administrative staff, program evaluators
III. Funding sources
•Hospital and private foundations
•City government (line items in city budgets)
Ȗ Department of Justice
Ȗ Department of Defense
Ȗ Victims of Crime Act fund
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