The Importance of Mental Health
A person’s mental health includes their emotional, psychological and social well-being. It impacts many facets of a person’s daily life and affects how they handle situations that impact them and others.
Some common early warning signs include a change in sleep habits or energy levels, isolation and a feeling of hopelessness.
How CalVCB Can Help
A victim of crime experiencing mental health issues can get assistance from CalVCB.
- An eligible victim may receive up to three mental health counseling sessions.
- Providers are required to complete a CalVCB Mental Health Billing Intake Form. The form must be submitted along with the first CMS 1500 form submitted for each claimant.
- Providers are required to complete a Treatment Plan. The TP must be completed in its entirety at the beginning of treatment and kept in the claimant’s file.
- If the therapist determines additional treatment will be necessary once a victim or derivative victim reaches the session limit, the provider must submit an Additional Treatment Plan along with the Initial Treatment Plan. If approved, CalVCB may authorize a limited number of additional sessions.
- Senate Bill 877, effective Jan. 1, 2023, allows CalVCB to compensate crime victims for mental health treatment outside California, if the provider is licensed in the same state in which the victim lives. To view the out-of-state provider policy, please visit our Reimbursement Page.
Who You Can Meet With
An eligible victim may meet with one of the qualified therapists noted below:
- Licensed Psychiatrist—must have a medical license and must have:
- completed their residency in psychiatry; or
- be certified in field of psychiatry with the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS)
- Licensed Psychologist (PhD)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Marriage Family Therapist (MFT)
- Registered Psychologist (Registered with Board of Psychology)
- Psychological Assistant
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
- Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC)
- Associate Social Worker (ASW)
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)
- Peer Counselor (only for rape crisis counseling)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Psychology Associate
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (PRESS “1”)
- Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
If you are a Service Provider looking for more information about Mental Health, please visit our Mental Health Service Provider page.