File No. 37061
This rule was published in the December 1, 2012, issue (Vol. 2012, No. 23) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Crime Victim Reparations, Administration
Award and Reparation Standards
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 37061
Filed: 11/15/2012 03:40:59 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
In Subsection R270-1-4(7), adds cost savings to the agency. In Subsection R270-1-9(B), increases equity in benefit distribution and provides greater direction to the CVRA Board. In Subsection R270-1-22(A)(10), removes obscure language. Removes Section R270-1-24 which is obsolete and no longer authorized by the CVRA Board of Directors. In Section R270-1-25, permits the consideration for inclusion of appropriate individuals currently excluded on status alone.
Summary of the rule or change:
In Subsection R270-1-4(7), adds cost savings to the agency. In previous years, the agency spent nearly $20,000 contracting with outside service providers for help in determining the crime-relatedness of in-patient psychiatric services. Agency personnel make the determination of crime-relatedness on all other benefit types covered. The agency has now established sufficient expertise in this specific area that the agency and CVRA Board of Directors have determined that contracting for the service is no longer effective or efficient and that such determinations are to be made within the agency processes that provide evaluation for all other covered benefits. This rule change saves the agency money and saves the agency, service providers and victims significant amounts time in the receipt of payment process. In Subsection R270-1-9(B), increases equity in benefit distribution. The agency and CVRA Board of Directors have determined that the current rule permits a punitive interpretation to victims who have earned and saved paid leave through an employer. No other benefit offered through the agency requires a benefit recipient to utilize personal savings prior to accessing CVR Trust monies. This rule change allows a victim to keep their accrued, employer paid leave for their personal use and allows the agency to pay partial and limited amounts of crime-related wage loss. The rule change also provides greater clarity to the CVRA Board regarding for what purpose they would review "extenuating circumstances". In Subsection R270-1-22(A)(10), removes obscure language. The language of the current rule condones and provides payment for an extensively invasive sexual assault exam to be performed on an individual incapable of providing consent to such. The agency and CVRA Board of Directors find this concept to be in contradiction of the agency's mission. The inclusion of the language provides no useful purpose and should be stricken. Removes Section R270-1-24 which is no longer authorized by the CVRA Board. In 2009, the CVRA Board permanently eliminated this benefit. The section has not yet been stricken. In Section R270-1-25, allows Reparation Officers to extend assistance to those persons that have a significant family "type" relationship to the injured victim when those persons may be critical to the injured person's recovery but may not have the status or title the current rule describes.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 63M-7-506(1)(c)
- Subsection 63M-7-515(1)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
In Subsection R270-1-4(7), adds cost savings to the agency. Potential savings of $20,000 per year. In Subsection R270-1-9(B), increases equity in benefit distribution and provides greater direction to the CVRA Board. This rule change has the potential to increase the dollars paid to victims. However, the amounts paid from the Crime Victim Trust Fund for this benefit consistently decreased from in excess of $405,000 in FY 2007 to $292,000 in FY 2011. While the payments for this benefit increased from $292,000 in FY 2011 to $354,000 in FY 2012, it is not projected that this rule change will affect an increase outside its long term average. Additionally, funds utilized for Crime Victim Reparations are not general fund or "taxpayer" dollars. They are funds collected from persons convicted of violating state and federal law for the purpose of paying the un-met needs of innocent victims of criminal violence. This rule change poses no threat of increased expense to Utah Taxpayers. In Subsection R270-1-22(A)(10), removes obscure language. No effect. Removes Section R270-1-24 which is obsolete and no longer authorized by the CVRA Board of Directors. No effect. In Section R270-1-25, provides an administrative savings to the office by allowing Reparation Officers to make decisions previously made by the CVRA Board, based upon the Reparation Officer's recommendation. This rule change is unlikely to increase costs to the program.
Local governments are not involved in or are effected by the process. The process involves the state agency, individual persons victimized by violent crime and the types, limits and manner which benefits are provided to care for those individuals. While the agency does rely upon local law enforcement agencies to share investigative information with the agency, that information is for the purpose of determining initial eligibility of the applicant. None of those processes are impacted by these rule changes.
These changes will have no effect on small businesses. In Subsection R270-1-4(7), the contract services previously provided were provided by the state's largest mental health service agency. The division of that agency responsible for providing the service was eliminated prior to the change in this rule.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
These changes create a positive effect for victims of violent crimes by permitting a more equitable and considerate application of the Victim Reparation program.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Compliance costs for affected persons are unaffected, other than the savings to the state. Compliance with these rule changes will be monitored in the same processes in which compliance with all rules are monitored. The rule changes do not impose additional steps or processes upon individuals or entities, they change only the manner in which the agency applies its policies and procedures.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
The Agency Director and the CVRA Board of Directors evaluated each of the submitted changes on its own merits, including the impact on all parties. The Agency Director and CVRA Board determined that potential for any negative impact was minimal and further determined that any negative impact that could be realized would also be minimal in perspective to the positive attributes of these rule changes.
Gary Scheller, Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Crime Victim Reparations
350 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3347
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Gary Scheller at the above address, by phone at 801-238-2362, by FAX at 801-533-4127, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Gary Scheller, Acting Director
R270. Crime Victim Reparations, Administration.
R270-1. Award and Reparation Standards.
R270-1-1. Authorization and Purpose.
As provided in Section 63M-7-506 the purpose of this rule is to provide interpretation and standards for the administration of crime victim reparations.
R270-1-2. Funeral and Burial Award.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(f), total award for funeral and burial expenses is $7,000 for any reasonable and necessary charges incurred directly relating to the funeral and burial of a victim. This amount includes transportation of the deceased. Allowable expenses in this category may include the emergency acquisition of a burial plot for victims who did not previously possess or have available to them a plot for burial.
B. Transportation of secondary victims to attend a funeral and burial service shall be considered as an allowable expense in addition to the $7,000.
C. Loss of earnings for secondary victims to attend a funeral and burial service shall be allowed as follows:
1. Three days in-state
2. Five days out-of-state
D. When a victim dies leaving no identifying information, claims made by a provider cannot be considered.
R270-1-3. Negligent Homicide and Hit and Run Claims.
A. Negligent homicide claims
shall be considered criminally injurious conduct as defined in
B. Pursuant to Subsection
9])(a), criminally injurious conduct shall not include
victims of hit and run crimes.
R270-1-4. Counseling Awards.
A. Pursuant to Subsections
0]) and 63M-7-511(4)(c), out-patient mental health counseling
awards are subject to limitations as follows:
1. The reparation officer shall approve a standardized treatment plan.
2. The cost of initial evaluation and testing may not exceed $300 and shall be part of the maximum allowed for counseling. For purposes herein, an evaluation shall be defined as diagnostic interview examination including history, mental status, or disposition, in order to determine a plan of mental health treatment.
3. Primary victims of a crime shall be eligible for the lesser of 25 aggregate individual and/or group counseling sessions or $2,500 maximum mental health counseling award.
(a) Parents, children and siblings of homicide victims shall be considered at the same rate as primary victims for inpatient and outpatient counseling.
4. Secondary victims of a crime shall be eligible for the lesser of 15 aggregate individual and/or group counseling sessions or $1,250 maximum mental health counseling award.
5. Extenuating circumstances warranting consideration of counseling beyond the maximum may be submitted by the mental health provider when it appears likely that the maximum award will be reached.
6. Counseling costs will not be paid in advance but will be paid on an ongoing basis as victim is being billed.
7. Inpatient hospitalization, residential and day treatment
shall be reviewed by the CVR Board or contracting agency who will
make recommendations to the Reparation Officers regarding
treatment. The CVR Board or contracting agency will review all
levels of care and assign a reimbursement percentage based on the
crime. All cases having less than a $1000 balance may be determined
by the Reparation Officer. Outpatient cases shall be reviewed at
the same rate as inpatient reviews.
8]. In-patient hospitalization shall only be considered when
the treatment has been recommended by a licensed therapist in
life-threatening situations. A direct relationship to the crime
needs to be established. Acute in-patient hospitalization shall not
exceed $600 per day, which includes all ancillary expenses, and
will be considered payment in full to the provider. Inpatient
psychiatric visits will be limited to one visit per day with
payment for the visit made to the institution at the highest rate
of the individuals providing therapy as set by rule. Reimbursement
for testing costs may also be allowed. Parents, children and
siblings of homicide victims shall be considered at the same rate
as primary victims for inpatient hospitalization. All other
secondary victims of other crime types are excluded.
9]. Residential and day treatment shall only be considered
when the treatment has been recommended by a licensed therapist to
stabilize the victim's behavior and symptoms. Only facilities
with 24 hour nursing care or 24 hour on call nursing care will be
compensated for residential and day treatment. Residential and day
treatment shall not be used for extended care of dysfunctional
families and containment placements. A direct relationship to the
crime needs to be established. Residential treatment shall not
exceed $300 per day and will be considered payment in full to the
provider. Residential treatment shall be limited to 30 days, unless
there are extenuating circumstances requiring extended care. All
residential clients shall receive routine assessments from a
psychiatrist and/or APRN at least once a week for medication
management. Day treatment shall not exceed $200 per day and will be
capped at $10,000. These charges will be considered payment in full
to the provider. Parents, children and siblings of homicide victims
shall be considered at the same rate as primary victims for
residential and day treatment. All other secondary victims of other
crime types are excluded.
10]. Wilderness programs shall not be covered as an
appropriate treatment modality when considering inpatient
hospitalization, residential or day treatment.
11]. Child sexual abuse victims under the age of 13 who
become perpetrators shall only be considered for mental health
treatment awards directly related to the victimization.
Perpetrators age 13 and over who have been child sexual abuse
victims shall not be eligible for compensation. The CVR Board or contracting agency for managed mental health care
shall help establish a reasonable percentage regarding
victimization treatment for inpatient, residential and day
treatment. Out-patient claims shall be determined by the Reparation
Officer on a case by case basis upon review of the mental health
2]. Payment for mental health counseling shall only be made
to licensed therapists; or to individuals working towards a license
that provide certified verification of satisfactory completion of
an education and earned degree as required by the State of Utah
Department of Commerce, Division of Professional and Occupational
Licensing, working under the supervision of a supervisor approved
by the Division. Student interns otherwise eligible under
58-1-307(1)(b) Exceptions from licensure, and/or the
institution/facility/agency responsible for the supervision of the
student, shall not be eligible for payment under this rule for
counseling services provided by the student.
3]. Payment of hypnotherapy shall only be considered when
treatment is performed by a licensed mental health therapist based
upon an approved Treatment Plan.
4]. The following maximum amounts shall be payable for mental
(a) up to $130 per hour for individual and family therapy performed by licensed psychiatrists, and up to $65 per hour for group therapy;
(b) up to $90 per hour for individual and family therapy performed by licensed psychologists and up to $45 per hour for group therapy;
(c) up to $70 per hour for individual and family therapy performed by a licensed master's level therapist or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and up to $35 per hour for group therapy. These rates shall also apply to therapists working towards a license and supervised by a licensed therapist;
(d) The above-mentioned rates shall apply to individuals performing treatment, and not those supervising treatment.
5]. Chemical dependency specific treatment will not be
compensated unless the Reparation Officer determines that it is
directly related to the crime. The CVR Board may review extenuating circumstance cases.
R270-1-5. Attorney Fees.
Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-524(2) attorney fees shall be made within the reparation award and not in addition to the award. If an award is paid in a lump sum, the attorney's fee shall not exceed 15% of the total award; if payments are awarded on an on[ ]going basis, attorney fees will be paid when warrants are generated but not to exceed 15%. When appeal hearing denials are overturned, attorney fees shall be calculated only on the appealed reparation issue.
R270-1-6. Reparation Awards.
Pursuant to Section 63M-7-503, reparation awards can be made to victims of violent crime where restitution has been ordered by the court but appears unlikely the restitution can be paid within a reasonable time period. However, notification of the award will be sent to the courts, prosecuting attorneys, Board of Pardons or probation and parole counselors indicating any restitution monies collected up to the amount of the award will be forwarded to the Crime Victim Reparations Trust Fund.
Expenses for an abortion that
is permitted pursuant to Sections 76-7-301 through 76-7-3[
25] shall be eligible for a reparation award as long as all
the requirements of Section 63M-7-511 have been met.
R270-1-8. Emergency Awards.
Pursuant to Section 63M-7-522, emergency awards up to $1000 can be granted. No time limit is required for filing an emergency claim. Processing of emergency claims is three to five days.
R270-1-9. Loss of Earnings.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(d), the 66-2/3% of the person's weekly salary or wages is calculated on gross earnings.
B. Loss of earnings for
primary and secondary victims may be reimbursed for up to a maximum
of twelve (12) weeks work loss, at an amount not to exceed the
maximum allowed per week by Worker's Compensation guidelines in
effect at the time of work loss. [
Reference should be made to Section R270-1-11 for
guidelines on sick leave, annual leave or bereavement leave as a
collateral source. ]The Crime Victim Reparations
Board may review extenuating circumstances on
loss of earnings claims.
R270-1-10. Moving, Transportation Expenses.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(a), victims of violent crime who suffer a traumatic experience or threat of bodily harm are allowed moving expenses up to $1,000. Board approval is needed where extenuating circumstances exist.
B. Transportation expenses up to $1000 are allowed for crime-related travel including, but not limited to, participation in court hearings and parole hearings as well as medical or mental health visits for primary and secondary victims. The Board may approve travel expenses in excess of $1000 where extenuating circumstances exist.
R270-1-11. Collateral Source.
A. Crime Victim Reparations Trust Fund monies shall be used before State Social Services contract monies when considering out-of-pocket expenses in child sexual abuse cases, if the individuals qualify as victims. If the victim qualifies for Medicaid, the contract monies should be used first.
B. Crime Victim Reparations Trust Fund monies shall be used before the Utah Medical Assistance Program funds when considering allowable benefits for victims of violent crime.
R270-1-12. Record Retention.
A. Pursuant to Section 63M-7-501, retention of Crime Victim Reparations annual report and crime victim case files shall be as follows:
1. Annual reports and other statistical information shall be retained in office for a period of three years and then transferred to State Archives.
2. Crime victim case files shall be retained in office as needed for administrative use. After closure or denial of a case file, case file shall be retained in office for one year and then transferred to State Archives. Case files will be retained in the State Records Center for eleven years and then destroyed.
A. Pursuant to Section 63M-7-521, when billing from the providers exceeds the maximum allowed, the Reparation Officer shall pay the bills by the date of service. The Reparation Officer shall solicit input from the victim when making this determination. When the services and the billings have occurred at the same time, the Reparation Officer shall determine payment on a percentage basis.
R270-1-14. Essential Personal Property.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(h), essential personal property covers all personal articles necessary and essential for the health and safety of the victim.
B. The Reparation Officer may allow up to $5000 for medically necessary items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and wheelchairs. The board may approve expenses for medically necessary items in excess of $5000 where extenuating circumstances exist.
C. The Reparation Officer may allow up to $1500 for essential personal property not included in Subsection (B) such as burglar alarms, door locks, crime scene cleanup, repair of walls and broken windows, etc. The board may approve expenses for essential person property in excess of $1500 where extenuating circumstances exist.
Pursuant to Section 63M-7-519, subrogation monies collected from the perpetrator, insurance, etc., will be placed in the Crime Victim Reparations Trust Fund and will not be credited toward a particular victim or claimant award amount.
R270-1-16. Unjust Enrichment.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-510(1)(d), the following criteria shall be used when considering claims involving possible unjust enrichment of an offender:
1. Unjust enrichment determination shall not be based solely on the presence of the offender in the household at the time of the award.
2. Awards shall not be denied on the basis that the offender would be unjustly enriched, if the victim cooperates with investigation and prosecution of the crime and does what is possible to prevent access by the offender to substantial compensation.
3. Payment to third party providers shall be made to prevent monies intended for victim expenses be used by or on behalf of the offender.
4. Collateral resources such as court-ordered restitution and medical insurance that are available to the victim from the offender shall be examined. However, the victim shall not be penalized for failure of an offender to meet legal obligations to pay for the cost of the victim's recovery.
5. Factors to be considered in determining whether enrichment is substantial or inconsequential include the amount of the award and whether a substantial portion of the compensation award will be used directly by or on behalf of the offender. If the offender has direct access to a cash award and/or if a substantial portion of it will be used to pay for his living expenses, that portion of the award that will substantially benefit the offender may be reduced or denied. When enrichment is inconsequential or minimal, the award shall not be reduced or denied.
R270-1-17. Prescription or Over-the-Counter Medications.
A. Reimbursement of prescription or over-the-counter medications used in conjunction with mental health therapy shall be considered only for the duration of an approved Treatment Plan.
B. Reimbursement of prescription or over-the-counter medications used in conjunction with medical treatment shall be considered only during the course of treatment by the physician.
C. Medication management rates shall be limited to a maximum of $62.50 per thirty minute session.
R270-1-18. Peer Review Committee.
A. A volunteer Peer Review Committee may be established to review issues and/or provide input to Crime Victim Reparations staff on out-patient mental health counseling claims. The composition, duties, and responsibilities of this Committee shall be defined by the Crime Victim Reparations Board by written internal policy and procedure.
R270-1-19. Medical Awards.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(b), medical awards are subject to limitations as follows:
1. All medical costs must be related directly to the victimization and all treatment must be considered usual and customary.
2. The reparation officer reserves the right to audit any and all billings associated with medical care.
3. The reparation officer will not pay any interest, finance, or collection fees as part of the award.
4.a. If the claimant has no
medical insurance or other collateral source for payment of the
victim's medical bill,[
the Office of] Crime Victim Reparations shall pay
70% of billed charges for eligible medical bills.
b. If the claimant has
medical insurance or another collateral source for payment of the
victim's medical bills, [
the Office of ]Crime Victim Reparations shall pay
the portion of the eligible medical bills that the claimant is
obligated to pay pursuant to the insurance agreement.
c. This subsection (4) does not apply to expenses governed by R270-1-4 or R270-1-22.
5. This rule supersedes any
other agreements regarding payment of medical bills by[
the Office of] Crime Victim Reparations.
6. Child endangerment examinations for children that have been exposed to drugs shall be paid for when the health and safety of the child is at risk and no other collateral source is available. The cost of the exam needs to be an expense incurred by the victim. The writing of evidentiary reports and any form of lab testing shall not be covered as part of the examination.
Pursuant to Subsections
2]) and 63M-7-512(1)(b) misconduct shall be considered
conduct which contributed to the victim's injury or death or
conduct which the victim could have reasonably foreseen could lead
to injury or death. In determining whether the victim engaged in
misconduct, the CVR staff shall consider any behavior of the victim
that may have directly or indirectly contributed to the
victim's injury or death including consent, provocation, verbal
utterance, gesture, incitement, prior conduct of the victim or the
ability of the victim to have reasonably avoided the incident upon
which the claim is based.
R270-1-21. Three Year Limitation.
Pursuant to Subsections
63M-7-506(1)(c) and 63M-7-525(2) a claim for benefits expires and
no further payments will be made with regard to the claim after
three years have elapsed from the date of application with[
the] CVR[ office]. Reparations Officers may extend claims
that have been closed because of the Three Year Limitation rule if
extenuating circumstances exist.
R270-1-22. Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations.
A. Pursuant to Subsections
0]) and 63M-7-511(4)(i), the cost of sexual assault forensic
examinations for gathering evidence and providing treatment may be
paid by [ the CVR office] in the amount of $300.00 without photo documentation and
up to $600.00 with a photo examination. Pursuant to Section
63M-7-521.5,[ the] CVR[ office] may also pay for the cost of medication
and 70% of the eligible hospital services and supplies. Payment to
the hospital or other eligible facility for the rent or use of an
examination room or space for the purpose of conducting a sexual
assault forensic exam shall not exceed $350.00. The following
agency guidelines need to be adhered to when making payments for
sexual assault forensic examinations:
1. A sexual assault forensic examination shall be reported by the health care provider who performs the examination to law enforcement.
2. Victims shall not be charged for sexual assault forensic examinations.
3. Victims shall not be required to participate in the criminal justice system or cooperate with law enforcement or prosecuting attorneys as a condition of being provided a sexual assault forensic examination or as a condition of payment being made pursuant to this rule.
4. The agency may reimburse any licensed health care facility that provides services for sexual assault forensic examinations.
4]. The agency may reimburse licensed medical personnel
trained to gather evidence of sexual assaults who perform sexual
assault forensic examinations.
5]. CVR may pay for the collection of evidence and not
attempt to prove or disprove the allegation of sexual assault.
6]. A request for reimbursement shall include the law
enforcement case number or be signed by a law enforcement officer,
victim/witness coordinator or medical provider.
7]. The application or billing for the sexual assault
forensic examination must be submitted to CVR within one year of
8]. The billing for the sexual assault forensic examination
a. identify the victim by name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, telephone number, patient number;
b. indicate the claim is for a sexual assault forensic examination; and
c. itemize services and fees for services.
9]. All collateral sources that are available for payment of
the sexual assault forensic examination shall be considered before
[ CVR] Trust Fund monies are used.
Pursuant to Subsection 63
-[ 25a-411(i)], the Director may determine that reimbursement for
a sexual assault forensic examination will not be reduced even
though a claim could be recouped from a collateral source.
0]. Evidence will be collected only with the permission of
the victim or the legal guardian of the victim.[ Permission shall not be required in instances where the
victim is unconscious, mentally incapable of consent or
1]. Restitution for the cost of the sexual assault forensic
examination may be pursued by[ the] CVR[ office].
2]. Payment for sexual assault forensic examinations shall be
considered for the following:
a. Fees for the collection of evidence, for forensic documentation only, to include:
ii. physical; and
iii. collection of specimens and wet mount for sperm.
b. Emergency department services to include:
i. emergency room, clinic room or office room fee;
ii. cultures for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas, and tests for other sexually transmitted disease;
iii. serum blood test for pregnancy;
iv. morning after pill or high dose oral contraceptives for the prevention of pregnancy; and
v. treatment for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease up to four weeks.
3]. The victim of a sexual assault that is requesting payment
by CVR for services needed or rendered beyond the sexual assault
forensic examination needs to submit an application for
compensation to the CVR office.
R270-1-23. Loss of Support Awards.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(g), loss of support awards shall be covered on death claims only.
B. Except as provided in Subsection (C), loss of support awards are available only to minor children of the deceased victim. Payment of the award may be made to the parent or guardian of the minor child on behalf of the minor child.
C. The Crime Victim Reparations Board may approve loss of support awards to persons who are not minor children, but were physically and financially dependent on the deceased victim.
R270-1-24. Rent Awards.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-511(4)(a), victims of
domestic violence or child abuse may be awarded for actual rent
expenses for up to two months, not to exceed a maximum rent award
of $1500, if the following conditions apply:
1. The perpetrator was living with the victim at the time
of the crime or the rent assistance appears directly related to
the victim's ability to distance herself/himself from the
2. It appears reasonable that the perpetrator was
assisting or was solely responsible for rent.
3. The victim agrees that the perpetrator is not allowed
on the premises.
4. The need for rent assistance is directly related to
and caused by the crime upon which the claim is based.
B. No victim shall receive more than one rent award in
]R270-1-25. Secondary Victim.
Secondary victims who are not
primary victims pursuant to Subsections 63M-7-502(3[
7]) and who are traumatically affected by criminally
injurious conduct shall be eligible for compensation as prescribed
by the CVR Board. Secondary victims include only immediate family
members (spouse, father, mother, stepparents,
child, brother, sister, stepchild,
stepbrother, stepsister, or legal guardian)
[ and anyone residing in the household at the time of the
crime who was traumatically affected by the crime. The CVR Board
may review requests by other individuals who are not immediate
family members or do not reside in the household.]
R270-1-26. Victim Services.
A. Pursuant to Subsection 63M-7-506(1)(i), there is established a Victim Services Grant Program.
B. For purposes of Subsection
63M-7-506(1)(i), "sufficient reserve" means enough funds
to sustain the operation of the [
Office of ]Crime Victim Reparations, including administrative costs and reparations
payments, for one year.
C. The CVR Board shall annually determine whether a sufficient reserve exists in the Crime Victim Reparation Fund. If a sufficient reserve does not exist, the CVR Board shall not authorize the Victim Services Grant Program for that year. If a sufficient reserve does exist, the CVR Board may authorize the Victim Services Grant Program for that year.
D. When the Victim Services Grant Program is authorized, the CVR Board:
1. shall determine the amount available for the Victim Services Grant Program for that year;
2. shall announce the availability of grant funds through a request for proposals or other similar competitive process approved by the Board; and
3. may establish funding priorities and shall include any priorities in the announcement of grant funds.
E. Requests for funding shall be submitted on a form approved by the CVR Board.
F. The CVR Board shall establish a process to review requests for funding and shall make final decisions regarding the approval, modification, or denial of requests for funding. The CVR Board may award less than the amount determined in Subsection (D)(1). The decisions of the CVR Board may not be appealed.
G. All awards shall be for a period of not more than one year. An award by the CVR Board shall not constitute a commitment for funding in future years. The CVR Board may limit funding for ongoing projects.
H. Award recipients shall
submit quarterly reports to the[
Office of] Crime Victim Reparations
on forms established by the Director.
The CVR staff shall monitor all victim services grants and provide
regular reports to the CVR Board.
R270-1-27. Nontraditional Cultural Services.
Cultural services rendered in accordance with recognized spiritual or religious methods of healing, legally available in the state of Utah, may be considered for payment. Since a reasonable and customary schedule of charges has not been established, the reparation officer may require the following: a written itemized description of each procedure, function and/or activity performed and an explanation of its benefit to the victim; the location and time involved to perform such services; and a summary of qualifications and experience which allows the service provider to perform the services. Services shall be requested in lieu of traditional treatment methods. Awards shall be deducted from the claimant's outpatient mental health award and shall remain within the allowed limits set upon that benefit. The fund will not pay for intoxicating or psychotropic substances unless prescribed by a medical practitioner licensed to do so. Claim will be denied if no healing benefit can be identified.
KEY: victim compensation, victims of crimes
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
July 8, 2009]
Notice of Continuation: June 29, 2011
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 63M-7-501 et seq.
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