In 2020, the LA County Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) contracted with Urban Peace Institute (UPI) as a consultant to develop recommendations for expanding community-driven public safety across the county, as this was a priority of OVPís Strategic Plan. TPI has been building this work in South LA since 2016, investing in Street Outreach and Community Violence Intervention, Hospital Violence Intervention Programs, and Community Action for Peace networks.
UPIís report is based on a series of virtual dialogues with a multidisciplinary group of violence intervention experts across the county. The report includes recommendations to 1) make county funding and contracting more equitable; 2) provide capacity building to help organizations grow their infrastructure; and 3) build a system to support career pathways for system impacted peer specialists.
As OVP begins to expand TPI to additional communities across LA County, the information in this report is invaluable to inform policy and system change support community driven public safety and may be of assistance to other initiatives that seek to invest in peer specialists and supporting grassroots organizations.
Over the past year, we used part of our TPI budget to contract with Urban Peace Institute (UPI), to develop a report: The Scope of Intervention in LA County: A Vision of Sustainability for Community Based Safety. This report was developed with input and guidance from the LA County Violence Intervention Steering Committee, which is comprised of intervention experts across the county. This is the second report that UPI has put together for us, to inform recommendations for the countyís expansion of TPI and community based violence intervention services. The report includes 3 key recommendations:
LA County should target investment to communities underrepresented that need intervention services, particularly Latinos and women, and develop a strategy on how to build intervention from the ground up in communities that do not have it.
LA County should support programmatic and capacity building funding in communities that currently have intervention, to support expansion of services and grassroots organizational development.
LA County should develop, oversee, and administer a continuum of trainings for intervention workers and ambassadors, including training for new staff and experts, deeper dives in aspects of the work, trauma informed practice, and other topics such as CSEC, substance use, and parenting.
The recommendations in the report will help guide how TPI work expands in the future, as well as American Rescue Plan investments in Trauma Prevention Partnerships project that will start rolling out at the end of this year.