All HIPPY sites in the United States are affiliated with HIPPY USA. Sites interested in implementing HIPPY (1) review the model requirements and assess their feasibility to implement the HIPPY core elements; (2) convene a preliminary planning meeting with community representatives to orient and inform members of the community about HIPPY, discuss the need for and feasibility of implementing HIPPY, strategize funding possibilities, and consider potential implementing agencies and possible collaborations; (3) conduct a community needs assessment to determine whether there is a need, support, and demand for a HIPPY program; and (4) secure funding for the first year of implementation and develop a realistic plan for securing second-year funding (HIPPY USA requires all sites to secure funding before implementation begins). After these steps are completed, sites may submit an application to HIPPY USA.
If all requirements are met, sites are granted the right to implement HIPPY according to a formal operating agreement (contract) with the HIPPY USA national office. This agreement spells out the conditions under which the HIPPY name and HIPPY materials can be used, and provides the local site with the exclusive right to implement HIPPY in the “program community” as defined in the contract.