FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     OVC

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2002                                                                                             202/307-0703

 

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $40 MILLION TO HELP VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department announced today that it has awarded more than $40 million to California, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia to provide mental health counseling for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, their families and crisis responders who helped victims of the attacks.  These new grants include funds to compensate victims for counseling services and to support state and local programs that offer various forms of counseling.  In February, the Justice Department awarded Massachusetts $2 million for the same purpose.

“While the devastation of the terrorist acts was immediate, the recovery can be long and painful,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “The new grants will help these five states continue their fine work to provide long-term aid and care for the victims of these horrific attacks.”

With the grants announced today and the award made earlier to Massachusetts, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), has awarded a total of seven grants to the six states. All grants were awarded to an agency designated by the state.  The states will use the victim compensation awards to supplement their own compensation efforts and to reimburse victims for mental health counseling related expenses. Victim assistance funds will be used to support organizations that provide mental health counseling.

Funding for these grants comes from the Fiscal Year 2002 Defense Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provided OVC with funds to support September 11-related counseling expenses.

“With the grants we’ve announced today, we are able to help the states that were most heavily impacted by the attacks on September 11,” said OVC Director John W. Gillis.

Last fall, OVC provided more than $15 million from its Antiterrorism and Emergency Fund to provide immediate support to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia to help victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks and their families.

A list of grants announced today is attached.   OVC also has a Victims and Family Assistance Website, which can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/terrorismvictimassistance or through the Justice Department Website at www.usdoj.gov.  Information also is available for victims of the terrorist attacks and their families through OVC's Family Assistance Call Center at 1-800/331‑0075. 

Additional information about OVC, its programs and resources are available through the OJP Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc and from the OVC Resource Center at 1-800/627-6872.

Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703. 

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                                               OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

                                      MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AWARDS

                         IN RESPONSE TO SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS

                                                                             

                                                                      California

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Compensation

 

$200,000

 

California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

 

Richard Anderson

 

916/327-0394

 

                                                                    New Jersey

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Assistance

 

$8,529,710

 

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety

 

Theresa Martinac

 

609/588-4535

 

 

                                                                      New York

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Compensation

 

$5,887,500

 

New York Crime

Victims Board

 

Jennifer Pirrone

 

518/457-17791

 

Assistance

 

$9,408,800

 

New York Crime

Victims Board

 

Anne Marie Strano

 

518/457‑1779

 

                                                                   Pennsylvania

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Assistance

 

$750,000

 

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime

and Delinquency

 

James Thomas

 

717/787-2040

 

 

                                                                        Virginia

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Assistance

 

$15,486,000

 

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

 

Mandie Patterson

 

804/786‑3923

 

 

                                                                Massachusetts**

 

 

Type

 

Amount

 

Agency

 

Contact

 

Phone Number

 

Assistance

 

$2,000,000

 

Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance

 

Brenda Noel

 

617/727-0115

 

 

**Awarded in February 2002