Crime Victim Reparations

The Crime Victim Reparations Board provides financial help to victims and their families for losses incurred as a result of a crime. 

To be eligible for reparations, you must have more than $50 of out-of-pocket losses due to the crime. If your losses are less than $50 after insurance has paid its portion, you will receive a letter saying that your claim has been placed on inactive status. The maximum amount of reparations allowed as a result of one crime is $50,000.

The types of expenses covered include:

  • Hospital and physician visits 
  • Prescriptions 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Chiropractic care (1 year maximum) 
  • Mental health care ($7,500 maximum) 
  • Lost wages 
  • Funeral ($7,500 maximum and $1,000 for a headstone) 
  • Household services 
  • Substitute child care 
  • Ambulance 
  • Prosthesis/Wheelchair 
  • Dental care 
  • Return of an abducted child 
  • Crime scene clean-up 
  • Remodeling of household for accessibility 
  • Eyeglasses (if broken during the assault) 
  • Abortions or prenatal care and delivery if pregnancy is a result of sexual assault 

Medical Expenses

– The current payment rate for medical expenses is 60%. The reduction applies to all medical expenses except for the following: eye exams and glasses, prescriptions, prosthetic devices, rehabilitative items, copayments, deductibles, and spend downs.

Dental Expenses

– The current payment rate for dental expenses is 90%. The reduction applies to all dental expenses, including exams, x-rays, extractions, implants, root canals, bridges, dentures, etc.

Mental Health Expenses

– The current payment rate for mental health expenses is 70%. The reduction applies to diagnostic interviews and testing, and individual, family, and group sessions. Under MN Stat. 609.35, costs for a sexual assault evidentiary exam must be paid by the county in which the crime was committed.

It takes about four months for a claim to be processed and paid. After a claim form has been received, a claim file number and a claims specialist are assigned. Law enforcement is contacted to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met. If there is a question about eligibility, the claim goes to the Reparations Board for review.

If the claim meets all the eligibility criteria, billing forms are sent to the service providers listed on your form. If you requested lost wages, a form is sent to your employer to verify the amount of lost income. You may also be asked to provide additional information. Once the award has been calculated, you will be sent an award notice by mail. Contact your claims specialist if there is a mistake on the award notice.

If you have additional expenses related to the crime which were not paid on your first award, you may submit them to the Reparations Board for a supplementary award. These ongoing expenses can include mental health counseling, chiropractic care and lost wages are paid on a quarterly basis. Loss of support is paid annually. If you missed work as a result of the crime, the Reparations Board will reimburse the victim for a limited amount of lost income due to the crime up to 40 hours per week. The rate of payment will be approximately the same as the victim’s net income (after taxes) at the time of the crime.

The Reparations Board only covers the time period that you were disabled due to the crime. Your physician or psychologist must verify your disability and give an estimated return-to-work date. If you are self-employed, you must submit a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns. The rate for wage loss equals your reported adjusted gross income minus taxes. If you were unemployed at the time of the crime, loss of income will be based on your average net income during the previous 12 months as documented by tax returns, W-2’s, check stubs, or other government agency records. There can be no compensation for unreported or anticipated income. Time missed from work by claimants or victims to attend court proceedings, to appear in court, or to meet with police, attorneys, or probation officers is not covered by the Board.

The spouse or domestic partner and parents of deceased victims are eligible for up to 52 weeks of lost wages. For requests that exceed a 6-week time period, a physician or mental health professional must provide verification of the claimant’s inability to work. Children, grandparents and siblings of a deceased are eligible for 6 weeks of lost wages.

The Reparations Board provides the following coverage to immediate family members of victims who died as a result of a crime:

Full benefits to:

  • Parents of the deceased 
  • Spouse or domestic partner of the deceased 

Full benefits may include:

  • Funeral expenses 
  • Grief counseling and related prescriptions 
  • Medical expenses related to the crime 
  • Lost wages 
  • Loss of support to dependents 
  • Replacement childcare 

Limited benefits to:

  • All siblings of the deceased 
  • Children of the deceased 
  • Grandparents of the deceased 

Limited benefits may include:

  • Grief counseling and related prescriptions 
  • Six weeks of lost wages 
  • Funeral expenses (up to $7,500) 

Some expenses that are not covered by the Reparations Board include:

  • Damage or stolen property 
  • Stolen cash or checks 
  • New locks/Security devices/Alarm systems 
  • School tuition 
  • Foster care and shelter fees 
  • Long distance phone calls 
  • Attorney/private investigator fees 
  • Court-related expenses (mileage, phone calls, lost time from work) 
  • Mileage expenses and rent 
  • Chemical dependency treatment 
  • Membership to a health club 
  • Massage therapy 
The Board consists of five members appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. The Board votes to either pay, reduce, or deny the claim based on police reports and medical records. If your claim is reduced or denied, you will receive a letter stating the reasons. A brochure titled “Your Appeal Rights” will be included with the letter.

Was this page helpful for you? Yes No