Students who witnessed the shooting outside Providence Career and Technical Academy last Thursday are eligible for a $1,500 reimbursement for mental health counseling through the Crime Victims Compensation Program administered by the Office of the General Treasurer.
"Communities throughout Rhode Island were rocked by the senseless tragedy that took the life of an innocent child last week. While we mourn the loss of one child, we also recognize the trauma experienced by the children who were there," said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. "In Rhode Island, we know that children who witness violence are themselves victims of that violence. I encourage the students who witnessed last week's shooting and their families to reach out to our office to help them heal."
The General Treasurer's office administers Rhode Island's Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVCP) which helps victims pay for expenses associated with recovering from violent crime. The Treasurer's office is working with the City of Providence to reach out to students who were present at the shooting to offer support through the CVCP.
"In the wake of last week's tragedy, we want families to know that there is help for them," said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. "It's moving to see our community continue to come together to support those most in need. I thank our partners at the State, especially Treasurer Magaziner's office, for prioritizing counseling support for families during this difficult time."
In 2017, Treasurer Magaziner worked with leaders in the General Assembly to expand the program to include counseling for minors who witness homicides or domestic violence. Students who may be eligible for the program and their guardians are encouraged to visit www.RICVCP.com to learn more or call (401) 462-7655 to speak with a CVCP case officer.
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Evan England, Director of Communications
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