Senate Republicans Vote in Support for Victims of Violent Crimes

Monday, June 1, 2015

SACRAMENTO - Following a full day of session on Monday, Senate Bill 518 passed on the Senate Floor. SB 518 is known as the Victims of Violent Crimes: Trauma Recovery Centers. All 14 Senate Republicans unanimously voted to support SB 518.

In light of new funding for Proposition 47, SB 518 would create a new set of standards for an existing grant program by the Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) to fund Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) models. SB 518 would duplicate the efforts of the San Francisco Trauma Recovery Center. SB 518 would also create Trauma Recovery Center of Excellence at the SF TRC and would require them to develop standards and grant criteria for the VCGCB.

Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) serves on the Public Safety committee. He issued this statement on the Senate Floor in favor of SB 518, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

“I rise in support of SB 518. This is the model program from a recovery pilot project. It needs to be expanded to other parts of the State. I appreciate that he (Leno) is bringing this forward. I encourage an AYE vote.”

All this week, the California Senate is meeting to hear and vote on bills that will need to leave the Senate and be sent to the California Assembly due to the house of origin deadline on June 5.

VIDEO CLIPS:

Media can view Senator Stone’s comment on SB 518 HERE.

BACKGROUND ON UCSF TRC:

The Trauma Recovery Center at San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF TRC), is an award-winning, nationally recognized program created in 2001 in partnership with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. The UCSF TRC was established by the Legislature as a four-year demonstration project to develop and test a comprehensive model of care as an alternative to fee-for-service care reimbursed by victim restitution funds. It was designed to increase access for crime victims to these funds.