California residents impacted by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday, October 1 in Las Vegas are being encouraged to contact the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) at 1-800-777-9229 for assistance and aid.
Help is available for survivors, anyone who was injured and those in attendance at the concert, as well as their immediate family members CalVCB can help pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, mental health treatment, lost wages and more. Applications are available on CalVCB’s website.
CalVCB can also help victims and their families apply to both the California Victim Compensation Program and the Nevada Victim Compensation Program to maximize the benefits available in each state.
Survivors and family members are encouraged to apply now, regardless of whether or not expenses have been incurred. For those who would like assistance in applying, or want to know more about resources available, contact your local victim advocate.
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 52,000 applications and provided more than $53 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.