California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board

The three-member Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) provides oversight for the many programs entrusted to this department within California’s State and Consumer Services Agency. The VCGCB’s diverse portfolio of responsibilities includes the following programs:

Victim Compensation Program

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCP will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes and traffic offenses, and federal matching funds.

Government Claims Program

The Government Claims Program (GCP) helps resolve claims against State agencies and employees for money or damages. In most cases, a person who is considering suing the state is required to first seek an administrative remedy by filing a claim with the GCP. Typical claims involve state vehicle accidents, contract disputes, outdated State checks and damage to property. The GCP is self-funded, supported by a $25 filing fee and a surcharge paid by state agencies on approved claims.

Additional Responsibilities of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board