Santa Clara County
Supervisor Cindy Chavez won unanimous support Monday from her fellow Santa Clara County Supervisors to expand an innovative gang violence prevention program – Trauma to Triumph – which has proven itself nationally and in local trials in partnership with the City of San Jose.
The proposal calls for $289,480 for nursing and social work staff at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center who provide intervention counseling services to gang members who are victims of life-threatening injuries from inter-gang violence.
“We’re seeing really great opportunities to serve individuals while they’re in the hospital and, for lack of a better term, a captive audience to talk to about gang intervention,” Chavez said.
Esther Mota, a member of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force of the City of San Jose, agreed that the program, which has served 29 clients since September with 17 having completed the six-month course of counseling, is all about timing.
“When somebody comes in and they’ve been assaulted – been a victim — it’s about that 24-hour window when they start to think about ‘Am I going to meet my maker or am I not?’ It’s important to get them into the right services.”
The Trauma to Triumph program was added to the proposed County budget on the first day of a week-long series of public hearings scheduled to conclude Friday with the adoption of a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.