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Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination and Training (SAFE-T) Center

Award Information

Award #
2016-NE-BX-K001
Location
Awardee County
Centre
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$4,143,143

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,143,143)

The purpose of this award is to develop or enhance access to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities such as (but not limited to): correctional facilities, including juvenile detention facilities, college or university campus health centers, rural areas, tribal areas, and victim service centers with co-located medical forensic services.

The Pennsylvania State University will be expected to create or expand a statewide telemedicine center for sexual assault medical forensic exams within the state of Pennsylvania. The telemedicine resource center will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with highly trained, experienced Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANEs) licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. The telemedicine center will have the technological capability for the SANEs to directly assist in the examinations being conducted at four pilot sites: 3 rural sites and 1 correctional facility. CA/NCF

The purpose of this award is to enhance access to sexual assault forensic exams for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault using telemedicine technology in underserved communities such as (but not limited to): correctional facilities, including juvenile detention facilities, college or university campus health centers, rural areas, tribal areas, and victim service centers with co-located medical forensic services.

The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) established the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination and Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center with the initial FY2016 (Phase 1) grant. With this supplemental grant (Phase 2), PSU will focus on the following activities: 1) implementation of the core objectives outlined in Phase 1; 2) development of a hybrid model (online and hands-on) 40 hour SANE-A training; 3) creating a business and sustainability plan for the SAFE-T Center; 4) growing and sustaining a forensic workforce; and 5) conducting rigorous cost-benefit and controlled trial research to evaluate impact of telehealth consultation on forensic exam quality. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 30, 2016