1 October Survivors have one week left to apply for assistance
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
As of Monday, victims of the 1 October mass shooting have only one week left to apply for assistance.
The Nevada Victims of Crime program is offering help to anyone who was at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
Funds from the Nevada Victims of Crime program may help reimburse people for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the shooting such as medical bills or counseling co-pays not covered by insurance. Even if you live outside of Nevada, weren’t physically injured in the shooting, or don’t have any eligible expenses now, survivors are encouraged to apply for the program before the application due date of Oct. 1, 2018, in case they incur future expenses that may be covered by the program. Mental health experts say it’s not uncommon for survivors of mass violence and trauma to seek counseling months or years after an incident occurred when they become more aware of how they’ve been affected. An application to apply for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program is posted on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center’s website at www.VegasStrongRC.org. Completed and signed applications need to be submitted to the Nevada Victims of Crime Program by mail, fax or email.
- The mailing address is: Nevada VOCP, PO Box 94525, Las Vegas, NV 89193-1525
- The fax numbers are: (888) 941-7890 or (702) 486-2825.
- Forms also can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to check the status of your application or to verify your application has been received, please contact the Nevada Victims of Crime Program at (702) 486-2740 or by email at email@example.com. The program’s website is: http://voc.nv.gov/.
If you need help filling out an application online, a video is posted on the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center’s website at www.VegasStrongRC.org that walks viewers through the application process. Staff at the resiliency center is available to answer questions about the Nevada Victims of Crime Program, and they can assist anyone who needs help completing an application. The center can be reached at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, it will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 1, it will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
We are here to help anyone who may have questions or need help applying for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program,” said Teresa Etcheberry, assistant manager of Clark County Social Service and manager of the resiliency center. “We also want to be able to provide support to anyone who may need it over the anniversary weekend or who wants to learn more about the services we offer.”
Every state has a Victims of Crime program affiliated with the U.S. Department of Justice. Funding for the program comes from court-ordered fines and fees and helps victims of violent crimes pay for expenses related to the crime. To date the Nevada Victims of Crime Program has processed nearly 4,900 applications for assistance from the 1 October incident and paid more than $2.8 million in claims.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center opened on Oct. 23, 2017, to provide free resources and support to anyone affected by the 1 October shooting including survivors, family members of victims, responders and those who witnessed the incident or tried to assist victims. Since the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center opened, it has served more than 7,000 people.
Services include victim advocacy and support; legal consultations for civil legal matters such as debt collection, foreclosure, insurance claims, and family law issues; grief counseling and spiritual care referrals; and technical assistance accessing online resources including FBI Victim Assistance Services for claiming personal items left behind at the 1 October concert venue. Partnering agencies represented on site at the Resiliency Center include Clark County’s Department of Social Service, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Victims of Crime Program, Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Cark County Department of Family Services, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, and the LVMPD Victims Services.