The Texas Health Resources (THR) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program is a system-wide expansion and enhancement of THR’s current SANE program. The overarching goal is to implement a system-wide SANE program across THR’s 16-county service area in an effort to increase public safety against sexual violence in the communities of North Texas. The development of a system-wide SANE program aligns the existing THR-operated SANE programming under the umbrella of Texas Health Resources System Services, the administrative organization for THR-operated hospitals and medical facilities, allowing the existing and developing SANE program and service sites to share administrative resources, which in turn provides for streamlined and responsive services to patients—in this case, victims of sexual assault and/or abuse. Providing crucial SANE-led services to patients presenting to THR emergency departments with complaints of sexual assault or abuse also helps THR meet its mission to improve the health of the people in the communities served.
Sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs offer a multidisciplinary, victim-centered response to patients that present to emergency departments with complaints of or an outcry of sexual trauma. The high-level goal of implementing the system-wide SANE program is grounded by three project missions which are set to be fulfilled by the end of the five-year project period: to implement, expand, and sustain a high-quality, comprehensive SANE program across a 16-county region of North Texas, to provide sexual assault/abuse community education and prevention services to communities across a 16-county region of North Texas, and to increase public safety from sexual abuse and assaults across a 16-county region of North Texas. SANEs are specially trained to provide crisis intervention and emotional support, a comprehensive and detailed health assessment for injury, appropriate medical treatment, and forensic evidence collection as indicated by the patient history and medical examination findings in hospital emergency departments or community based clinics.
This project is made in part by the Communities Foundation of Texas.
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Texas Health Resources, SANE, sexual assault prevention, victim-centered response