American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding

Last revised: May 13, 2009

L&I information related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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The United States Department of Justice is swiftly distributing new federal economic recovery dollars to state programs and has thus far committed $938,446 to help victims of crime in Washington State receive financial assistance.

The funding is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama signed into law Feb. 17. Of the $53.6 billion in grant funding to state governors, the act promises nearly $100 million to state compensation and assistance programs for crime victims.

Funding dedicated to Washington State's Crime Victims Compensation Program will supplement its existing budget to provide benefits to victims, adding much-needed financial relief amidst growing demand for the program.

The recovery package dollars will be used to provide the following benefits to crime victims:

  • Payment of medical and mental treatment bills.
  • Time-loss compensation.
  • Permanent partial disability awards.
  • Limited pension payments.
  • Vocational rehabilitation.
  • Payment of funeral expenses.

Crime Victims Compensation is a program of Washington's Department of Labor & Industries and provides financial assistance to victims recovering from violent crimes. Victims who suffer bodily injury or emotional trauma from a crime may be eligible for assistance.

State law establishes a maximum amount of benefit it can provide to each victim, and the program pays only after available medical, auto, Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance is exhausted.

For more information about Crime Victims Compensation or to apply for assistance, call 1-800-762-3716.

Quick Facts

The Recovery Act allocates $2 billion to state and local law enforcement assistance in 2009, available through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. State government dollars support L&I's Crime Victims Compensation program.

State 60%  Local 40%

Resources

  • Crime Victims Compensation The Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) provides financial assistance to victims recovering from violent crimes.
  • Washington State Recovery Washington's guide to understanding the recovery package and locating information about funding.
  • United States Recovery The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so the United States can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest need.

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