Victims of Crime Grants for Psychotherapy
If you or your child have been a victim of a crime that has been reported to the police or social services and are cooperating in the investigation and prosecution process, then you may receive psychotherapy for the traumatic impact of the crime paid for by the state. If you are the victim’s spouse, child, parent or sibling, grandparent or grandchild, lived in the victim’s household at the time of the crime or who had lived with the victim for at least two years in a relationship similar to a spouse, child, parent or sibling of the victim or the primary caretaker of a minor victim you may also be entitled to the same benefits.
There is a one year time limit after the crime to apply for the benefits. It is good idea to apply for it whether or not you think you need it at the time. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can have a delayed onset months or years after the traumatic event. Minors have up until their 19th birthday to apply, however it is best to apply right away as paperwork and records get lost. In light of delayed onset PTSD, it is a good idea to have the grant money and Victims of Crime claim number already in place in case symptoms do surface. It is important to apply for the mental health benefits for children since they may need psychotherapy at a much later date. Problems may surface at certain developmental stages that could not have been addressed when the the crime first occurred or child was younger.
In one application other benefits such as medical/dental, wage or income loss, support loss for dependents of a deceased or disabled victim, funeral and/or burial expenses, crime scene cleanup (homicide only), home or vehicle modifications for a disabled victim, home security improvements, moving/relocation expenses that are crime related may be paid for by the state when not covered by insurance or another source.
Minor victims have an initial limit of 40 sessions. Adult victims have an initial limit of 40 sessions. Immediate family members of homicide victims are limited to 30 sessions. Primary caretakers of a direct victim who was a minor at the time of the crime are limited to 30 sessions each (maximum 2 primary caretakers). Minor derivative victims are limited to 30 sessions. Adult derivative victims are limited to 15 sessions. Minor Witnesses are limited to 30 sessions. If a mental health provider is of the opinion that the client requires treatment beyond the session limitations, the provider must complete an Additional Treatment Plan (ATP) and submit it to CalVCP along with the original Treatment Plan. The TP and ATP forms are available upon request or on CalVCP’s website at www.calvcp.ca.gov
This is an excellent program to help the victims of crime. It is difficult enough to be a victim of a crime without the financial burden incurred by the crime. For more information call 1 800 777-9229. Or call Nancy Poitou, at 626 358-0155.