About the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (OFVP)
The OFVP's mission is to address the statewide public health emergency that is firearm violence through increased community capacity to (1) address root causes of violence (2) provide those most at-risk access to evidence-based and trauma-informed services and (3) advance equity and racial justice.
Our vision for this future is that every community, every neighborhood, every home in Illinois will be free from violence.
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- UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)
- Department of Healthcare and Family Services - Violence Prevention Community Support Team (VP-CST) is a new service added to the Medicaid Community-Based Behavioral Health Services array effective May 1, 2022. VP-CST is intended to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and increase community functioning for individuals who have experienced chronic exposure to firearm violence using evidence-informed, trauma-specific interventions and techniques.
- RPSA Conveners/ Community Groups
- Technical Assistance
Become Eligible to Apply for RPSA Grants
Community-based organizations can apply for grants to implement evidence-based solutions to interrupt and prevent firearm violence.
All applicants must be GATA prequalified. Learn more about through the IDHS GATA App. For questions, send an email to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
RPSA Local Advisory Councils
The Reimagine Public Safety Act requires OFVP to convene Local Advisory Councils (LAC) in each of the RPSA designated service areas. Each local council will make recommendations to the OFVP on how to allocate violence prevention resources based on information provided by the OFVP, local law enforcement and other available data. More information on the LACs.
Firearm Violence Research Group
The OFVP's Firearm Violence Research Group's (FVRG) supports OFVP in identifying outcome measures for RPSA funded programs, along with inform on metrics and data collection practices that best measure impact at a community level. The FVRG was created as result of the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69), comprised of recommended research experts experienced in examining data trends related to firearm violence prevention and interpreting these trends to identify effective interventions that support impacted communities. More information on the FVRG.
Posted and Closed RPSA Funding Opportunities
For a list of previously posted and closed RPSA funding opportunities, please visit the Firearm Violence Prevention Grant (FY22) Information page and the Firearm Violence Prevention Grants - FY 2023 page.
End of the Year Report (pdf): The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention (OFVP) was created as a result of the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69). The OFVP was tasked with creating a study that identifies high violence communities as well as to fund programs that would address the underlying causes of crime and violence in those RPSA communities. The research documented in this report, End of the Year Report, discusses metrics and data collection practices that best measure the impact of violence prevention strategies at a community level. This report according to Public Act 0004 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY (ilga.gov) was due to the General Assembly by December 31, 2021. The deadline was then extended to December 31, 2022 according to Public Act 0674 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY (ilga.gov).