Victim's Compensation Program

In many crimes there are victims left alone to deal with what has happened. Often these victims are children or individuals who have few means to cope with the problems or recover the losses. The state of Colorado has created the Victim Compensation Program to assist victims of crime.

Who Can Apply?

  • Victims of Crimes
  • Families and Dependents of a Deceased Victim
  • Persons Authorized to Act on Behalf of a Victim


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Information

  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Child Physical Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Domestic Assault
  • Homicide
  • Vehicular Assault
  • International Terrorism
  • Careless Driving Resulting in Death
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death
  • The crime must have occurred within Mesa County on or after July 1982 or in a state without compensation.
  • The crime must have been reported to a law enforcement agency within 72 hours. This may be waived by Board agreement.
  • The victim must cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.
  • There does not need to be an arrest or conviction.
  • The victim must apply within one year of the crime.
  • This may be waived by Board agreement.

How It Works

In 1982 the state of Colorado enacted the Crime Victim Compensation Act. Funds for this program come from fines collected from adults and juveniles who are convicted of crimes. Awards to victims are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board whose three members are volunteer citizens appointed by the District Attorney. 

Financial Limits  If you are insured 
Victims may be compensated up to $30,000.  Victims may be eligible for compensation for what insurance and insurance co-pays do not cover. 

Medical Expenses:

A maximum of $30,000 may be considered by the CVC Board for treatment of physical injuries that are a direct result of a compensable crime committed, application received or payments disbursed.  Any medical claim that exceeds $30,000 will be prorated. The unpaid balance of the bills becomes the responsibility of the victim or claimant.  

The CVC Board considers payment of medical expenses a priority. Payment of medical expenses is based upon the submission of written, itemized billing statements or estimates verified as directly related to a compensable crime as well as reasonableness of service costs.   Payment of medical expenses is subject to the availability of compensation funds.  

Victim Compensation is the payor of last resort, as such, all health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, or the Colorado Indigent Care Program, must be utilized before payment can be made through the CVC fund.  The CVC Board can pay a deductible or portion of bill not covered by insurance.  A copy of the claim form showing the deductible and percentage paid is required before payment can be made through the CVC fund. 

Mental Health Therapy Awards:

The CVC Board may consider additional factors, other than the eligibility requirements outlined by statute when making mental health awards.  The CVC Board may consider the CVC Fund balance, age of claimant and the familial relationship of a secondary victim to a primary victim.

Primary Victims  (40 Sessions/$3,200 Limit)

Contingent upon the submission and approval of an initial Treatment Plan the CVC Board may award 40 sessions or $3,200 of mental health therapy. 

Contingent upon the submission and approval of an Extension Request the Board may award an additional 50 sessions or $4,000 in intervals of 10 sessions or $800 each. 

The total amount of mental health therapy to be incurred by the Board for a primary victim, including the four initial assessments is 90 sessions or $7,200. 

The CVC Board reserves the right to modify these limits as deemed necessary on a case-by-case basis. 

Secondary VictimSecondary Victims (25 Sessions/ $2,000 Limit)s (25 Sessions/ $2,000 Limit)

Contingent upon the submission and approval of an initial Treatment Plan the CVC Board may award 25 sessions or $2,000 of mental health therapy.

Contingent upon the submission and approval of an Extension Request the Board may award an additional 16 sessions or $1,280 in intervals of 8 sessions or $640 each.

The total amount of mental health therapy to be incurred by the Board for a secondary victim, including the four initial assessments is 41 sessions or $3,280.

The CVC Board reserves the right to modify these limits as deemed necessary on a case-by-case basis.

Family Sessions

The Board may approve, when requested as part of a treatment plan, family sessions.  Family will be paid at the rate of $35 per hour for the victim’s participation in a family therapy session.  Each family member must have a CVC claim and be pre-approved for family sessions.  The therapist must submit a separate bill for each participant.

Group Sessions

The CVC Board may approve, when requested as part of a treatment plan, group sessions.  Group sessions will be paid at the rate of $35 per hour for the victim’s participation in a group therapy session.

Losses That May Be Compensated Losses NOT Compensated
  • Medical/Dental Expenses
  • Counseling
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Replacement of Eyeglasses, Dentures, Hearing Aids and Other Medically Necessary Devices
  • Homemaker and Home Health Services
  • Burial Expenses
  • Property Damage, i.e. replacement of doors, locks,windows, orother security devices on residental buildings
 
  • Any personal injury or property damage covered by private insurance
  • Any lost wages covered by a sick leave policy
  • Property damage other than windows, locks, and doors i.e. automobile, clothing, televisions, jewelry
  • Any stolen property
 

Additional Information

For more information or to make a referral, call Victim/Witness Assistance - (970) 244-1730.

We also have the names of Victim Compensation Coordinators in each judicial district and each state if you need to refer someone to the Victim Compensation Board where the crime occurred. 

The Crime Victim Compensation staff and Board shall not discriminate because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability or any other non merit factor in the acceptance, review and approval of a Crime Victim Compensation application and request.  To file a discrimination complaint, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office for Civil Rights website.