Traditional American Indian Services – In addition to expenses listed throughout the instructions, the following expenses may also be considered for reimbursement in traditional healing or burial ceremonies for American Indian victims of crime and family members of American Indian homicide victims: 1) traditional native counseling and healing from an elder or spiritual healer, minister, pastor, or faith-based counselor; 2) sweat lodge and smudging ceremonies; 3) ceremonial burials, including clothing for the deceased, meals/food baskets and other expenses related to the traditional giveaway or gifting practices of the Tribe; 4) child care during burial ceremony; 5) reimbursement of gifts to individuals for the performance of service (i.e. quilts, cooking, etc.). In order for reimbursement of these expenses, receipts must be provided with the item’s purpose clearly noted on the receipt. The maximum allowable for burial related expenses, including gifting, is $7,500. The maximum allowable for healing services is $3,000 for the injured victim. The maximum for healing services for each family member after a homicide is also $3,000. The maximum award for all services compensated through the Crime Victims Compensation Program may not exceed $20,000. If requesting reimbursement for healing or burial ceremonies, please also complete the “Request for Traditional American Indian Services” form located at: http://www.ok.gov/dac/Victims_Services/Just_for_Victims/index.html
Income Loss - Loss of income from work the victim would have performed if he/she had not been injured. Work loss must be verified by the employer and the attending physician. Effective July 1, 1999, caregiver work loss can be awarded up to $2,000.00, if the work loss is verified by the victim's physician and an employer's certificate from the caregiver's employer is filed. Caregiver work loss may only be awarded to persons who have non-reimbursed wage loss due to caring for an injured victim of crime.
Loss of Support - In the event of the death of a victim, the Board may consider providing reimbursement for loss of support to a dependent based on the victim's net income at the time of death, less any collateral sources such as: Life insurance (over $50,000.00), Social Security, Worker' Compensation, uninsured motorist coverage, or 3rd party reimbursements. Monthly installments or a lump sum award is at the discretion of the Board.
Medical/Dental - Includes products, services, and accommodations for medical care (Examples: doctor exams, dental work, hospital treatment, hospital stay, artificial limbs, prescriptions, and eye glasses). For crimes occurring on or after July 1, 2004, medical related fees will be paid up to 80% of the maximum allowance. For crimes before July 1, 2004, medical related fees could be paid up to 100% of the maximum allowance.
Rehabilitation - Includes such things as physical and psychological therapy, rehabilitative occupational training, and other remedial treatment and care.
Counseling for Victims - For crimes occurring on or after July 1, 2004 there are no fee schedule limitations. The maximum compensable amount for the victim's counseling is $3,000.00. This limit may be waived by the Board in extenuating circumstances. Although the Board no longer has a fee schedule for counseling, victims are advised to seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional. For crimes occurring before July 1, 2004 there was a fee schedule as follows: Psychiatrist (M.D.), $110.00; Psychologist (Ph.D.), $100.00; Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, or Marital and Family Therapists (ACSW, LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT), $60.00; and Masters in Social Work (MSW), $35.00 (only if MSW works in licensed facility under supervision of a qualified mental health professional). A session is presumably the standard 45 minutes.
Grief Counseling - For crimes occurring on or after July 1, 2005, crisis counseling that is initiated within three years of the crime is compensable, up to $3,000.00 for each family member of a homicide victim, provided the counselor is a qualified mental health care provider. Medical and pharmaceutical treatment for a family member of a homicide victim is not compensable. For crimes occurring between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2005, there is a $500.00 per family member counseling limit, not to exceed $3,000.00 per family of a homicide victim; counseling must have been initiated within two years of the incident. For crimes occurring between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000, there is a $500.00 per person and $1,000.00 per family limit; counseling must have been initiated within 120 days.
Crime Scene Cleanup - Crime scene cleanup can be covered up to $2,000.00, effective November 1, 2009.
Replacement Services - Expenses reasonably incurred in obtaining ordinary and necessary services in place of those the victim would have performed for the benefit of self or family, if the victim had not been injured. Back to Top.
IMPORTANT: Pain and suffering and personal property are NOT allowable expenses under the Crime Victims Compensation Act
Program Funding and Commitment
The program's ability to provide financial assistance to crime victims is directly related to the health of the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. Through a partnership that includes the Legislature, the Courts, the District Attorneys Council, individual elected District Attorneys, crime victims, and crime victim advocates, revenues to the fund are sufficient to meet the ongoing financial needs of victims at this time. For more funding information and sources click here.
When demands on the Fund limited awards, the State Legislature and Governor increased the revenue sources for the Fund. The key to this program's success has been the continuous effort to focus on the needs of the victim. While the citizens served have faced trauma, tragedy and financial loss due to the criminal acts of others, no two victims' experiences are the same. Staff training on victim issues is a priority and ensures that each claim is handled with attention to the individual's unique experience and needs. Training is offered which highlights the program and the rights of victims to local service agencies, criminal justice professional and health care providers. Professionals from these groups have shared valuable insights on how the program can better meet victims' needs.
By working with the Legislature to put victims first, and by remaining true to the statute that created this Fund, success and stability has been achieved. While the Crime Victims' Compensation Program is proud of its past and the productivity it has achieved, we are committed to making every effort to ensure that victims continue to receive all possible assistance from this program, as defined by statute. We encourage staff to find creative and simple ways to reduce their workload by using technology. We work closely with those receiving grants from the Victims of Crime Act fund to ensure that helping crime victims obtain compensation is given high priority. We are confident about our future, and committed to enhancing the level of service that people have come to expect from the Crime Victims Compensation Program and the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council. Back to Top.
For a copy of the Rules and Regulations for the Crime Victims Compensation Program, click here.
Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
Oklahoma Crime Victims Compensation Board
421 NW 13th, Suite 290
Oklahoma City, OK 73103