Funding for Sexual Assault Counseling in Pennsylvania

Are you a survivor of sexual assault and struggling to pay for counseling services? You may be eligible for funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Justice’s Office of Victims’ Services.

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To be eligible for funding, you must have reported the assault to law enforcement or a campus security authority within 90 days of the assault, or within 90 days of disclosing the assault to a counselor or healthcare provider. If you did not report within this timeframe, you may still be eligible for funding if you have good cause for the delay, such as fear of retaliation or lack of understanding about reporting options.

If you meet these eligibility requirements, you can submit a claim through the Office of Victims’ Services. The claim must include documentation of the assault, such as a police report or medical records, and a certification from a licensed therapist indicating the need for counseling services.

The funding covers up to 50 sessions with a licensed therapist who is trained in trauma-focused therapy. Sessions can be conducted in-person or online, depending on your preference and accessibility.

It is important to note that the funding is not retroactive, meaning it only covers sessions that occur after the claim is approved. Additionally, the funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Steps for Applying for Funding for Sexual Assault Counseling in Pennsylvania

Fill out the Sexual Assault Claim Form and email it to [email protected]

Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

Find a specially trained therapist who works from a trauma-informed therapy lens.

If you are interested in applying for funding or have any questions, you can contact the Office of Victims’ Services at 1-800-563-6399 or visit their website at www.pccd.pa.gov. Remember, healing is possible and support is available.