Strengthening the Healthcare System's Response to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
Amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize, revise, and consolidate grant programs that address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by developing or enhancing and implementing:
(1) interdisciplinary training for health professionals, public health staff, and allied health professionals;
(2) education programs for health profession students to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
(3) comprehensive statewide strategies to improve the response of clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, and other health settings to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Permits grant funds to be used for the development, expansion, and implementation of sexual assault forensic medical examination or sexual assault nurse examiner programs.
Requires grantees to:
(1) provide patients with advance notice about any circumstances under which information may be disclosed, such as mandatory reporting laws; and
(2) give patients the option to receive information and referrals without affirmatively disclosing abuse.
Requires the HHS Secretary to give preference to grant applicants based on the strength of their evaluation strategies, with priority given to outcome-based evaluations.
Revises requirements for training and education grants to require that grantees be:
(1) a nonprofit organization with a history of effective work in the field of training health professionals with an understanding of, and clinical skills pertinent to, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and lifetime exposure to violence and abuse;
(2) an accredited school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine, psychology, nursing, dentistry, social work, or allied health;
(3) a health care provider membership or professional organization or a health care system; or
(4) a state, tribal, territorial, or local entity (currently, grantees must be a school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine).
Requires grantees to represent a team of entities that include at least one of each of:
(1) an accredited school of allopathic or osteopathic medicine, psychology, nursing, dentistry, social work, or other health field;
(2) a health care facility or system; and
(3) a government or nonprofit entity with a history of effective work in the fields of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking.
Revises the training and education grant program to remove the matching requirement.
Revises the public health response grant program to remove requirements that:
(1) a grant award cannot exceed two years, and
(2) funds must be distributed equally between state and local programs.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants or enter into contracts to provide technical assistance with respect to the planning, development, and operation of any program, activity, or service carried out under this title.
Requires the Secretary to:
(1) make publicly available materials developed by grantees under this title, including materials on training, best practices, and research and evaluation; and
(2) publish a biennial report on the distribution of funds under this title and the programs and activities supported by such funds.
Makes the grant program on research of effective interventions in the health care setting permissible, rather than required.
Authorizes the Secretary to use not more than 20% of funds available under this title for research and evaluation of:
(1) grants awarded under this title; and
(2) other training for health professionals and effective interventions in the health care setting that prevent domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault across the lifespan, prevent the health effects of such violence, and improve the safety and health of individuals who are currently being victimized.
Allows research grant funds to be used to research the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult experience with domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and adult health outcomes, including how to reduce or prevent the impact of adverse childhood experiences through the health care setting.
Removes provisions permitting research grant funds to be used for:
(1) research and testing of best messages and strategies to mobilize public and health care provider action concerning the prevention of domestic, dating, or sexual violence; or
(2) measuring the comparative effectiveness and outcomes of efforts to reduce violence and increase women's safety.