LANCING, Michigan – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a crime compensation program that often goes unnoticed.
They campaigned in the media, but feared that the information would not penetrate, not in vain: no one expects that their help will be needed.
“In our minds, we never see ourselves as a person who would be a victim of crime. You don’t actually accept this information, I think many times, ”said SAFE Victim Services Coordinator Shalonna Banks.
Things like crime scene cleaning, grief counseling, mental health counseling, and medical bills incurred as victims of crime are covered.
Rehabilitation services are also available, and program director Shalonna Banks says they are often used the least.
“Costs associated with modifying your home or car; if you are the victim of a crime, say you have injured or paralyzed a plow, we can pay for changes in your home, such as widening the door, installing a ramp, ”Banks said.
Funeral expenses are also covered. The program will reimburse people for funeral expenses. However, help doesn’t end simply if you can’t afford to spend money.
“There, I think, people are also hanging out. They hear the “compensation program” and stop, thinking, “I can’t pay this out of my own pocket.” Not the case. We also pay suppliers directly. If you came to our program and you literally don’t have $ 5,000 to bury a loved one, that’s why we’re here. We will pay the funeral home directly for this funeral. It’s hard here. And we understand that, ”Banks said.
The program has been around for decades and has partnered with every state attorney’s office. They can be reached directly here.