New Jersey A 4802 - Violence Reduction


This bill would provide that any hospital in the State, which provides services in a municipality that has a disproportionately high rate of firearm violence or homicides, may not be designated as a Level One or Level Two trauma center, under the provisions of P.L.2013, c.233 (C.26:2KK-1 et seq.) and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto, unless the hospital operates or contracts with a hospital-based or hospital-linked violence intervention program that provides appropriate counseling, case management, and social services to patients who have been injured as a result of violence. Any such hospital that, as of the bill’s effective date, was already designated as a Level One or Level Two trauma center, will be required to establish or contract with a hospital-based or hospital-linked violence intervention program within one year after the bill becomes effective, or will have its designation revoked.

For the purposes of enforcing the bill’s provisions, the Commissioner of Health would be required to establish criteria to be used in identifying municipalities that have disproportionately high rates of firearm violence or homicide, and would further be required to develop a list of such municipalities, based on the application of such identified criteria. The list is to be published on the Internet website of the Department of Health, and is to be revised and updated as necessary, on at least an annual basis.