State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program – Texas

TEXAS Crime Victims Compensation Division Office of the Attorney General P.O. Box 12548, Capitol Station Austin, TX 78711-2548 (512) 936-1200 FAX: (512) 320-8270 1-800-983-9933

The Crime Victims Compensation Division has responsibility for determining compensation claims. The program was established in 1979. Director: Anita A. Drummond FUNDING The program receives $45 for each felony conviction, $35 for each Class A and B misdemeanor, and $15 for class C misdemeanors, excluding pedestrian violations. The program receives an annual VOCA grant. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Reporting period: reasonable time period Filing period: 3 years Exceptions: Reporting and filing periods do not apply to child victims; good cause waiver may apply to other cases PROCEDURES After receipt and data entry, the application is forwarded to the documentation unit, which reviews it for completeness and makes requests for additional information. When the information is received, the file is forwarded to the eligibility unit, which reviews the information, conducts additional inquiries if necessary, and makes the recommendation to award or deny the application. If the applicant is eligible, the file is forwarded to the awards section, where information relating to the victims’ losses are gathered. Medical bills are sent to a private company, which applies fee guidelines and reviews for duplicate billings and unrelated charges. The indemnity and awards unit reviews claims for nonmedical benefits, then prepares recommendations for the award and forwards the claim to the accounting unit for final processing of payment. Appeals: Victim may request in writing a reconsideration, which is an informal step intended to give the victim another opportunity to provide relevant information. If the victim remains dissatisfied with the decision, the victim may request a final ruling hearing, which is more formal, and which will be conducted near the victim’s residence. An appeal may be filed in district court. BENEFITS Maximum award: $50,000 with additional $50,000 for permanent injuries Compensable Costs (with limits) Medical expenses: fee schedule places limits on individual procedures Mental health counseling: $3,000; $400 per day, 30-day limit on inpatient psychiatric care Lost wages/support: $500 per week Funerals: $5,500 for funeral, $1,500 miscellaneous burial costs Moving/relocation: for domestic-violence victims, one-time costs of up to $2,000 for relocation and $1,800 for rent Replacement services: child/dependent care @ $100 per child/dependent per week Crime-scene cleanup/evidence: replacement of clothing; bedding seized as evidence; property rendered unusable by crime investigation/lab testing Travel: to obtain treatment, help in investigation and attend criminal proceedings Physical rehabilitation Attorney fees: paid in addition to award according to time spent, if reasonable and necessary; fees are limited to 25% of amount the attorney assisted victim in obtaining, or $300 if no appeal Emergency: up to $1,500 for lost support and lost earnings, emergency medical and funeral charges

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