FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The California Victims Compensation Board, or CalVCB, is awarding $2.5 million for new Trauma Recovery Centers, or TRCs, in the Central Valley.
The facilities serve victims of crime and their families.
They offer support such as counseling, medical resources and compensation.
The money will fund two new satellite offices, which will be operated by an already existing TRC.
Locations will be chosen through an application process.
Fresno, Tulare, Kern, Kings, Madera, and Merced counties are all eligible for a resource center.
“We have worked hard to reach victims across the state. There are underrepresented victims everywhere. public information officer, Heather Jones.
CalVCB was started in 1965. It serves over 50,000 people each year.
The new offices will help the council reach out to local victims of gun violence, assault, human trafficking, and more.
Lynda Gledhill is the CEO of CalVCB.
Lynda explains, “Crime affects everyone. It’s not just the victim — it’s the family, it’s the neighborhood, it’s the community, so having these centers in the Central Valley will not only to the victim of the crime but also to the family and the community. We hope this will help them heal.”
Her office focuses on culturally appropriate services. They have already made a difference.
A study by the National Alliance of Trauma Recovery Centers found that over 90% of people who received treatment felt better emotionally.
It also found a decrease in depression and PTSD symptoms in patients.
Heather says, “The mission is just very powerful and victims of crime, if you don’t help them, they will need more help all the way. It’s just better for the whole community, the whole state of California if we have people who get the help they need.”
Grant recipients will be entities that already operate trauma recovery centers.
Applications are still open and will close on December 3. The two satellite centers are scheduled to open in 2023.
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