For Immediate Release: August 11, 2017
Contact: Janice Mackey, (916) 491-3821
Sacramento, CA — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) today released the second of four eLearning courses designed to provide education about the state’s victim compensation program on a convenient, self-paced track that is accessible 24/7. The first release was the Overview course.
The new course titled “Helping Crime Victims Heal: A Course for Medical Providers” offers medical professionals an overview of the services paid by CalVCB and explains the billing and payment process.
Medical providers who utilize this course will receive answers to common compensation questions, learn about available resources and help victims access CalVCB’s benefits. A certificate will be available upon the completion of this course.
To view the available courses, see the CalVCB Training page. Other courses will be subsequently released. The entire eLearning catalog is as follows:
- Overview (15 Minutes): This course provides a general overview of CalVCB’s history, mission, benefits and funding sources. Available in English and Spanish.
- Helping Crime Victims Heal: A Course for Medical Providers (50 Minutes): This course familiarizes medical providers and their billing agents with covered medical expenses and benefit limits. It also explains how reimbursement and recovery sources are applied.
- Helping Crime Victims Heal: A Course for Mental Health Providers (90 Minutes): This module clarifies the required documentation mental health treatment providers must submit, as well as CalVCB program session limits and payment rates.
- Helping Crime Victims Heal: A Course for Advocates (2.3 Hours): This course helps victim advocates learn about eligibility and benefits to assist crime victims seeking help through the compensation program.
The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 51,000 applications and provided over $52 million in compensation to crime victims.
If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCB will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible expenses include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCB comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes, traffic offenses and federal funds.