Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Saturday the launch of a new neighborhood trauma team in Grove Hall, expanding a city program intended to provide immediate and long-term help to residents affected by violence.
The Boston Public Health Commission will partner with Project RIGHT Inc. and Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to provide greater community outreach and support to Grove Hall’s residents, the city said in a statement.
The new Grove Hall team will join existing teams in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, and Mattapan, the statement said.
The Grove Hall program will help residents in the aftermath of violence, said Stan A. McLaren, the president and chief executive of the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center.
“We know that gun violence disproportionately damages communities of color, and research proves that witnesses to gun violence are at serious risk for trauma, depression, anxiety and other devastating health problems,” McLaren said in the statement.
Mike Kozu, the deputy director of Project RIGHT, said in the statement: “Too many of our young people and residents that have been exposed to violence have not addressed how the impact of trauma has affected their lives.”
Boston’s Neighborhood Trauma Team Network provides residents with help, including immediate crisis response services after a violent incident, along with referrals to ongoing behavioral health services, the statement said. The teams also offer neighborhood outreach and education.
They support individuals and families during community events, including vigils, memorial services, and funerals. Residents can contact the network’s 24-hour hotline at 617-431-0125.
Each team is managed by the city’s public health commission and is led in each neighborhood by a community health center and community partner, the statement said.
Funding is provided by the city and grants from Boston Children’s Hospital and Partners HealthCare System.
“We are breaking the cycle of suffering by investing in neighborhood programs like these,” Walsh said in the statement.
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