The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) SANE Program is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, expert forensic nursing care to survivors of sexual assault across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For the past 15 years these expert clinicians have cared for more than 14,000 survivors of sexual assault. The MA SANE Program contracts with approximately 100 SANEs who are certified and credentialed by the MA DPH. Direct SANE services are provided to adolescent and adult patients in 27 MDPH designated SANE hospitals in Massachusetts. A team of Advanced Practice Pediatric SANEs work as members of a multi-disciplinary team in 7 of the state’s 11 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC).
The MA SANE educational curriculum, practice protocols and quality assurance measures provide a solid foundation of SANE knowledge and skill, which is further enriched by the professional expertise individual SANEs bring to their practice. The MA SANEs are a diverse group of professionals including nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physicians. Outside of their SANE practice, they work in a wide variety of settings including universities, emergency departments, operating rooms, prisons, women health clinics and community health centers. A majority of SANEs have been with the program for 5 years or more, and 30% have practiced in the program for more than 10 years. Fifty percent of the MA SANEs have earned advanced degrees including Master’s and Doctorates, and collectively, the MA SANEs have authored 54 journal articles and 14 chapters of academic textbooks.
In addition to delivering direct SANE forensic care, the nurses of the MA SANE Program conduct over 100 regionally based training's each year to professionals at hospital across the state, law enforcement agencies, and colleges and universities, to ensure a trauma-informed response to sexual assault victims.