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ODMP has joined with PSOB and C.O.P.S. to collect and make available all known benefits to survivors of fallen officers nationwide.

This page contains detailed information about the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program (PSOB) and all other federal, state, local and privately provided benefits that may be available to survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in New York.

Each benefit has different eligibility criteria. Survivors may or may not be eligible to receive certain benefits based on each benefit's specific criteria. Questions about specific benefits should be directed to the organization providing the benefit.

Click here to print a checklist of all benefits on this page.

Death Benefit Payment(s)

PSOB Survivor Death Benefits

Provider: US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

Amount: $323,035 for officers killed on or after October 1, 2011

Summary: A unique partnership effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The PSOB Office at the Bureau of Justice Assistance is honored to review the nearly 700 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.

Contact:

US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program website

(888) 744-6513

US DOJ - BJA - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Benefit amounts for officers killed in previous years:

FY2012: $323,035
FY2011: $318,111
FY2010: $311,810
FY2009: $315,746
FY2008: $303,064
FY2007: $295,194
FY2006: $283,385


Social Security Benefits

Provider: United States Social Security Administration

Amount: Varies

Summary: One time death benefit payment plus monthly death benefits

Contact:

United States Social Security Administration website

(800) 772-1213

United States Social Security Administration
Contact Local Office. See Website


New York Death Benefit Payment

Provider: New York State Retirement System

Summary: Any death benefits that may be available are administered through the New York State Retirement System. They administer the payment of Ordinary Death Benefits, Accidental Death Benefits, and Disability Benefits.

Contact:

New York State Retirement System website

(518) 473-1791

New York State Retirement System
Governor Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
Albany, NY 12244


National Rifle Association Line of Duty Death Benefit

Provider: National Rifle Association (NRA)

Amount: $25,000

Summary: If a deputy, with or without compensation, is feloniously killed in the line of duty (according to government guidelines) and is a current member of the National Rifle Association, the surviving spouse/family is entitled to a $25,000 death benefit.

Contact:

National Rifle Association (NRA) website

(800) 672-3888

National Rifle Association (NRA)
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Details & Applicable Instructions:

A $25,000.00 insurance benefit to the widow or survivors of any NRA-member law enforcement officer who is killed in the line of duty. Coverage is automatic for all law enforcement officers who are NRA members. Contact the NRA to file a line of duty death benefit claim.


National Sheriffs' Association Death Benefits

Provider: National Sheriffs' Association

Amount: $3,000 - $10,000

Summary: The National Sheriffs' Association provides free accidental death or dismemberment for its members.

Contact:

National Sheriffs' Association website

(703) 836-7827

National Sheriffs' Association
1450 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Details & Applicable Instructions:

NSA members (excluding Auxiliary and Retired Paid-Up-For-Life members) receive Free Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, with a $10,000 benefit amount for Sheriffs and a $3,000 benefit amount for others. Coverage is subject to the terms and conditions of the group policy held by NSA.


Woodmen of the World 1st Responders Benefit

Provider: Woodmen of the World

Amount: $10,000

Summary: Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a good standing benefit member. First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:

Woodmen of the World website

(800) 225-3108

Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Education Assistance

PSOB Education Benefits

Provider: US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

Amount: Varies

Summary: The 104th Congress of the United States enacted the Federal Law Enforcement Dependents Assistance (FLEDA) Act in 1996 which sets forth the guidelines for educational assistance to the dependents of Federal law enforcement officials who are killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.

Contact:

US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program website

(888) 744-6513

US DOJ - Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20531


New York Education Assistance

Provider: New York State Higher Education Services Corp

Summary: Memorial scholarships provide financial aid to children or spouses of deceased police officers, correction officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters of New York state who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Contact:

New York State Higher Education Services Corp website

(888) 697-4372

New York State Higher Education Services Corp
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12255

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Memorial scholarships for families of deceased police officers and firefighters supplement.
Memorial scholarships provide financial aid to children or spouses of deceased police officers, correction officers, firefighters and volunteer firefighters of New York state who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.  This scholarship supplements the $450 received through the Child of Police Officer-Firefighter-Correction Officer (CPF) award programs.  Awards are made for full-time undergraduate study at approved colleges and other post secondary institutions in New York State.  Note:  Spouses are eligible for scholarship payments effective with the 1993-94 academic year.

You must be a New York State resident and attending an approved undergraduate program in New York State.  The police officer, correction officer, firefighter or volunteer firefighter must have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty as a member of a department in New York State.

The Memorial Scholarship award will be equal to the applicant's actual tuition cost or the State University of New York (SUNY) undergraduate tuition, whichever is less.  Students attending institutions with tuition charges higher than the SUNY tuition charges may, if eligible, receive additional assistance through New York's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)Memorial Scholarships also provide funds to meet the non-tuition costs of attending college.  At SUNY and CUNY (City University of New York State), the annual award would be equal to the non-tuition cost of attendance less any federal Pell Grant and any other federal and state-funded scholarships or grants.  Non-tuition costs include room and board and an allowance for books, supplies and transportation.  At a private college, the award would be equal to the average of the non-tuition costs at SUNY colleges less any federal Pell Grant or other federal and state-funded scholarships or grants.

The annual filing deadline is May 1 of the academic year.

The amount is paid for four years of full-time undergraduate study (or for five years in an approved five-year bachelor's program). 


C.O.P.S. Scholarship

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Summary: Provides educational assistance to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020


Fraternal Order of Eagles Financial Assistance

Provider: Fraternal Order of Eagles

Summary: Through their Memorial Foundation, the Eagles provide financial assistance for surviving children of full-time law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty who were also active members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles at the time of their death.

Contact:

Fraternal Order of Eagles website

(614) 883-2200

Fraternal Order of Eagles
1623 Gateway Circle
S. Grove City, OH 43123


Knights of Columbus Scholarship

Provider: The Knights of Columbus

Summary: Scholarships are available to children of members of the Order, who, as a result of criminal violence, lost their lives or became totally and permanently disabled while in the lawful performance of their duties as full-time law enforcement officers.

Contact:

The Knights of Columbus website

(909) 343-0460

The Knights of Columbus
15808 Arrow Blvd. Suite A
Fontana, CA 92335


Purple Heart Educational Benefits

Provider: Military Order of the Purple Heart

Summary: Membership restricted to "Purple Heart" recipients. Educational benefits for surviving children available. 2.5 GPA required.


Survivors' Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) Scholarship

Provider: The IACP Foundation

Amount: $1000 to $2500

Summary: The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies. Application deadline for 2012 is June 1.

Contact:

The IACP Foundation website

800-843-4227 x367

The IACP Foundation
ATTN: Patricia Casstevens
515 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2357

Details & Applicable Instructions:

One of the most rewarding of the IACP Foundation’s programs is the Survivors’ Education Law Enforcement Trust (SELECT) scholarship program, which was established to recognize the contribution made by law enforcement officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.  The SELECT program supports the continuing education needs of dependant family members by helping to defray educational costs for undergraduate or graduate studies.

Through the generosity of our donors, three scholarships are available for award for the 2012-2013 academic year: the Dave Cameron Memorial Scholarship ($1000), the Charles and Claire Blauer Scholarship ($1000), and the IACP Foundation Scholarship ($2500).

The application can be downloaded here.

Burial Assistance

Dignity Memorial Funeral Benefits

Provider: Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem.

Summary: Provides dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty.

Contact:

Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem. website

(800) 344-6489

Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation, & Cem.
Visit website for list of participating locations.

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery providers created the Public Servants Program for emergency service personnel. This program provides dignified and honorable tributes, at no cost, for career and volunteer law enforcement officers who fall in the line of duty.

Pension

United States Armed Forces Veterans Pension

Provider: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Summary: Many law enforcement officers are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of survivor's benefits are available to the spouse and children of a deceased veteran. Included in these benefits are: a death pension, funeral expenses, life insurance, and burial plot allowance.

Contact:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

(800) 827-1000

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Contact your local office using the link above.


New York Pension

Provider: New York State Retirement System

Amount: Varies

Summary: The State Retirement System covers its members with two different types of death benefits: ordinary death benefits and accidental death benefits. State Troopers have a different pension plan.

Contact:

New York State Retirement System website

(518) 473-1791

New York State Retirement System
Governor Alfred E. Smith State Office
Building
Albany, NY 12244

Details & Applicable Instructions:

The State Retirement System covers its members with two different types of death benefits:  ordinary death benefits and accidental death benefits.

The ordinary death benefit is paid to the designated beneficiary if a member credited with at least one year of service since last joining the Police and Fire Retirement System dies while employed in public service, or while on medical leave without pay.  The ordinary death benefit may also be payable when a member dies within one year of leaving public employment, provided he had not been otherwise gainfully employed during that year.

The accidental death benefit is paid on behalf of members who die as the direct result of an on-the-job accident, regardless of their length of time in service.

The ordinary death benefit is paid to the beneficiary designated by the member.  The first $50,000 of this benefit is group term life insurance and is exempt from Federal income tax under present rulings.  Ordinary death benefits are paid in a single lump sum payment; however, the beneficiary of a Tier 1 member may elect to receive the benefit as an annuity.

Tier 1 Ordinary Death Benefits - The regular ordinary death benefit (Section 360 of the Retirement and Social Security Law) is equal to 1/12th of the member's last year's earnings multiplied by the member's service credit up to thirty-six years.

If a member who is eligible to retire dies in service, an alternative death benefit is payable if it provides a larger benefit.  This benefit would be the initial value of the member's pension if he retired the day he died.  However, the benefit calculation for members covered by the age 55 plan provides a smaller benefit than the formula used if they actually had retired.

Tier 2 Ordinary Death Benefits - Tier 2 members enrolled in a plan which permits retirement upon completion of a specified period of service without regard to age are covered by a death benefit after completion of ninety days of service.  This benefit is equal to three times the member's salary raised to the next multiple of one thousand dollars.  This benefit cannot exceed three times the maximum salary specified in Section 130 of the Civil Service Law or the specific limitations regarding age at entrance into service (See limitations described under Death Benefit Two.)

Members employed by New York State in the Security Services unit or Security Services supervisors, in Parkway Police, Capital Police and Environmental Conservation Division of Enforcement should refer to the section of this article describing their special benefit.

Tier 2 members not enrolled in a special retirement plan which allows for retirement on the basis of service credit regardless of age, must select one of the death benefits described below within the first ninety days after becoming members of the Retirement System, or by law, they are paid to the beneficiaries designated by the active members.

Death Benefit One is equal to 1/12th of the member's last year's earnings multiplied by their years of service credit, up to thirty-six years.  If a member dies at age 62 or older, while still in service, an initial value of the member's pension is calculated. The initial value is calculated under Section 375-c (RSSL).  This amount is compared to the benefit provided by 1/12th of the last year's earnings for each year of service and the greater benefit is paid.

Death Benefit One is not payable if the member's death occurs after retirement.

Death Benefit Two is equal to the member's salary during the last year of service multiplied by the number of years of service, up to three years.  This benefit is subject to the following limitations based on the member's age at date of membership:

Age Last Joined System : Maximum Benefit

52: Salary x 2 1/2
53: Salary x 2
54: Salary x 1 1/2
55 to 64: Salary x 1
65 and over: $1,000

If the member remains in service at age 61, the amount payable as Death Benefit Two is reduced to 90% of the total benefit. Thereafter, each year the member remains in service the benefit is reduced by an additional 10% to a minimum of 10% of the original benefit.

After retirement, the benefit payable is reduced to 50% of the benefit payable prior to retirement.  The second year of retirement, the benefit is reduced by an additional 25%.  The third year of retirement and thereafter, the benefit is 10% of the benefit in force at age 60, or at the time of retirement, whichever occurred first.

Special Death Benefit for New York State Police, Security Services Unit Members and Supervisors, Parkway Police, Capital Police and Members in the Environmental Conservation Division of Enforcement.  A special ordinary death benefit, in lieu of the basic ordinary death benefit, is payable to the beneficiary(ies) designated by the member upon the death of a member or officer of the New York State Police who is covered by Section 381-b (twenty year retirement plan) and has credit for ninety or more days of service while actually a member of the Retirement System.

This benefit is equal to three times the member's annual salary raised to the next higher multiple of one thousand dollars.

For members or officers of the State Police who were in service on or before April 1, 1969, a benefit equal to the ordinary death benefit - 1/12th X last year's earnings X number of years of service (up to 36 years), is payable if it provides a larger death benefit than the special death benefit.

The death benefit payable on behalf of officers or members of State Police who enter or reenter service after April 1, 1969, can never exceed three times the member's last year's salary raised to the next higher multiple of one thousand dollars.

Accidental Death Benefits - The Accidental Death Benefit is a benefit payable in monthly installments.  The yearly amount payable is equal to the member's final salary, payable in the order shown below:

1.    to a widow(er) for life or until remarriage
2.    where there is no wodiw(er) or in the event of remarriage, to minor cildren until the last child reaches age 18
3.    where there is no widow(er) and no minor children, to a dependent parent for life.

This benefit is subject to reduction by the amount of any Workers’ Compensation benefit paid or payable.  If the combined accidental death and Workers’ Compensation payments do not equal or exceed the amount of the ordinary death benefit, the Retirement System will pay the difference to the designated beneficiary or to the estate. This benefit applies to the widow/er of a paid uniformed member of a county sheriff’s department (outside the city of New York), New York City policement, firemen, transit police, housing police, and New York City corrections officers.

Reasonable funeral expenses, not to exceed $3,000, will be paid to families of police officers who die from injuries received in the line of duty as a direct result of a crime, without regard to the financial difficulty of the claimant.

Police Officers or Representatives - Cause of Action for Injury or Death:  In addition to any other right of action or recovery under any other provision of law, in the event any accident, causing injury, death or a disease which results in death, occurs directly or indirectly as a result of any neglect, omission, willful or culpable negligence of any person or persons in failing to comply with the requirements of any of the statutes, rules, orders and requirements of the federal, state, county, village, town or governments or of any and all their departments, divisions and bureaus, the person or persons guilty of said neglect, omission, willful or culpable negligence at the time of such injury or death shall be liable to pay any officer, or the spouse and children, or pay to the parents, or pay to the brothers and sisters, being the surviving heirs-at-law of any deceased person thus having lost his life, a sum of money, in the case of death not less than five thousand dollars ($5,000).
New York State Employees Retirement System - Chapter 348 Sec. 6231A
(1)     The pension paid to the widow or widower will continue during his or her lifetime.  If the deceased police officer shall leave no widow or widower, or if their widow or widower shall die before all his or her children shall have attained the age of 18, or if students, before all o f his or her children shall have attained age 23, or sooner die, then to

(2)     His or her child or children under age eighteen, divided in such manner as the comptroller, in his discretion, shall determine. Such pension shall continue as a joint and survivor pension until every such child shall have attained age eighteen.  If there are no dependent children than monies should be distributed to

(3)     His or her dependent mother or father.

The pension on account of accidental death and the reserve for increased take-home pay shall be paid to:

(1)     The member's widow or widower to continue during his or her lifetime.  If he or she shall leave no widow or widower, or if his or her widow shall die before all his or her children shall have attained age 18, or if students, before all of his or her children shall have attained age 23, or sooner die, then to

(2)     His or her children, if no dependent children then payable to
    
(3)     His or her dependent father or dependent mother, such pension shall continue for the life of the parent so elected.

Health Insurance

COBRA Health Insurance Requirements

Provider: U.S. Department of Labor

Summary: A federal law known as COBRA (short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) guarantees that the employer of the deceased officer must make available to the surviving spouse and their dependent children the same type of health insurance as was provided prior to the officer's death. Coverage is available for up to 36 months and must be paid by the surviving insured. There is no provision in the law for the employer to pay for the health insurance.

Contact:

U.S. Department of Labor website

(866) 487-2365

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210


Health Benefits in New York

Provider: Varies

Summary: Health plans vary.

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Check with your local department to determine benefit packages available.

The surviving family of members of the New York State Police will have health coverage extended at no cost for 3 months.  At the end of this time period the family will be offered to continue the coverage at your local city's group rate which is substantially lower than an individual rate.

The New York State Civil Service Department, Civil Service Building, Campus, Albany, NY  12239, is responsible for any health care benefits that may be available.

Workers Compensation

Federal Workers Comp for Non-Federal Law Enforcement Officers

Provider: U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs

Amount: Varies

Summary: Survivors of local or state law enforcements officers who are killed while arresting a fugitive wanted by, or committing a crime against, the federal government, or by prisoners held on federal charges, may be eligible for federal works comp benefits.

Contact:

U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs website

(202) 513-6800

U.S. Office of Workers Compensation Programs
Special Claims Office
P.O. Box 37117
Washington, DC 20013

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Under certain conditions, benefits may be provided to a non-Federal law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Essentially, these benefits are provided if a state or local law enforcement officer is killed while engaged in the apprehension or attempted apprehension of a person who has committed a crime against the United States or who is being sought by a law enforcement authority of the United States. The benefit also is extended to those killed while engaged in the lawful prevention or lawful attempt to prevent the commission of a crime against the United States. Further, the program encompasses those engaged in protecting or guarding a person held for the commission of a crime against the United States or as a material witness.


New York Workers' Compensation

Provider: New York State Workers' Compensation Board

Summary: Benefit is 66 2/3% of the employee's wage for spouse only or spouse with child(ren) with a minimum weekly benefit of $40 and a maximum weekly benefit of $400.

Contact:

New York State Workers' Compensation Board website

(719) 802-6600

New York State Workers' Compensation Board
180 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11248

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Workers' Compensation coverage is compulsory for employers in New York.

Benefit is 66 2/3% of the employee's wage for spouse only or spouse with child(ren) with a minimum weekly benefit of $40 and a maximum weekly benefit of $400Payments are subject to Social Security benefit offsets.

Two-year lump sum payable to spouse upon remarriage and weekly benefits cease.  Children receive benefits until age 18 or beyond age 18 if disabled, or until age 23 if full-time students.  Funeral expenses are limited to amounts established in a fee schedule of charges and costs for funeral services established by the Chairperson of the New York Workers' Compensation Board.

To receive workers' compensation benefits the surviving spouse must take the initiative and file a workers' compensation claim through a workers' compensation attorney to receive any compensation.  The determination as to whether the claim will be paid will be determined by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.

Life Insurance / Intestate

New York Personal Life Policy - Intestate

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Descent and Distribution:  In case of intestacy, real property descends and personal property is distributed according to same rules.

Distribution of intestate decedent's estate as follows:  (1) If decedent survived by spouse and issue, $50,000 and one-half of residue to spouse, balance to issue, by representation; (2) if decedent survived by spouse and no issue, whole to spouse; (3) if decedent survived by issue and no spouse, whole to issue, by representation; (4) if decedent is survived by parent(s) and no spouse or issue, whole to surviving parent(s), except that parent who neglected or refused to provide for, or abandoned, child under 21 may not inherit from such child whether or not such child dies before 21; (5) if decedent survived by issue of parents and no spouse, issue or parents whole to issue of parents, by representation; (6) if decedent survived by grandparent(s) or their issue, and no spouse issue, parent or issue of parents, grandparent, children of grandparents or grandchildren of grandparents, one-half to great-grandchildren of paternal grandparents, per capita, and one-half to great grandchildren of maternal grandparents, per capita.

Incident to its determination of distributees entitled to share in estate, court may adjudge that person who might otherwise be distributee is dead or that no distributees other than those stated in record exist.

In case of intestacy, occurring on or after August 11, 1977, distributee may renounce all or part of his share of all property of decedent.  Renunciation must be filed within nine months of effective date of disposition.  Affidavit must be submitted by renouncing party that no consideration has been or will be received from person whose interest is being accelerated, unless otherwise authorized by court.  Renunciation on behalf of infant, incompetent or deceased person requires court approval.  Renunciation has same effect with respect to renounced share as though renouncing person had predeceased deceased decedent and is retroactive to creation of disposition.

Surviving Spouse - cannot inherit from deceased spouse where:  (a) There has been a final decree or judgment of divorce, of annulment or declaring nullity of marriage or dissolving such marriage on ground of absence, recognized as valid in N.Y.; (b) marriage was void as being incestuous, bigamous, or prohibited remarriage; (c) survivor has obtained in another jurisdiction final decree of judgment of divorce, an annulment or declaring nullity of marriage or dissolving such marriage on ground of absence, not recognized as valid in N.Y.; (d) there has been final decree or judgment of separation rendered against survivor, recognized as valid in NY; (e) survivor abandoned decedent and such abandonment continued until time of death; (f) surviving spouse who had the means to support decedent, failed or refused to provide for decedent, unless such marital duty was resumed and continued until death of decedent.


National Guard Life Insurance

Provider: United States National Guard

Amount: Up to $400,000

Summary: Members of the United States National Guard may subscribe to a Group Life Insurance policy up to $400,000.

Contact:

United States National Guard website

(703) 607-3162

United States National Guard
1411 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington VA 22202-3231


New York FOP Life Insurance

Provider: New York Fraternal Order of Police

Summary: $1,000 life insurance death benefit to a surviving beneficiary of an F.O.P. member in good standing.

Contact:

New York Fraternal Order of Police website

(888) 697-1367

New York Fraternal Order of Police
911 Police Plaza
Hicksville, NY 11801

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Fraternal Order of Police - $1,000 life insurance death benefit to a surviving beneficiary of an F.O.P. member in good standing.  Contact your local F.O.P.

Vital Records

New York Vital Records (NYC-5 Burroughs)

Provider: New York Department of Health

Summary: Provides Vital Records

Contact:

New York Department of Health website

(212) 566-6402

New York Department of Health
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013


New York Vital Records (State)

Provider: New York State Department of Health

Summary: Provides Vital Records

Contact:

New York State Department of Health website

(212) 619-4530

New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12237

Peer Support

AARP Peer Support

Provider: American Association of Retired Persons

Summary: AARP organizes widowed persons' support groups.

Contact:

American Association of Retired Persons website

(202) 434-2277

American Association of Retired Persons
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049


ADEC Peer Support

Provider: Association of Death Education & Counseling

Summary: The ADEC of Connecticut gives counseling referrals.

Contact:

Association of Death Education & Counseling website

(203) 232-4825

Association of Death Education & Counseling
638 Prospect Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-4298


C.O.P.S. Kids / Teens Camps

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors

Summary: Provides peer support and emotional assistance to surviving children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Details & Applicable Instructions:

C.O.P.S. Summer Camp
C.O.P.S.' Summer Camp provides surviving spouses with children (ages 6-14) the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to improve communications within the family unit and resolve grief issues together.

Organized camp activities are supplemented with counseling during the week-long camp.  Friendly competition, planned activities that encourage teambuilding, and shared fun times in a camp atmosphere help families recognize that the teamwork approach will help them cope with their grief.

C.O.P.S. Wilderness Experience

Instituted in 1998, C.O.P.S. Annual Wilderness Experience helps surviving older children (aged 15-20) build self-esteem with a group of peers who understand what it is like to lose a law enforcement parent to a line-of-duty death.  This annual activity might be mountain climbing in the Rockies in Colorado, or white-water rafting in Utah.  This event is an Outward Bound® Program.


C.O.P.S. Peer Support

Provider: Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

Summary: Provides assistance to surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Contact:

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. website

(573) 346-4911

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
P.O. Box 3199
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020


Compassionate Friends Peer Support

Provider: The Compassionate Friends, Inc.

Summary: A nationwide support group for bereaved parents and siblings

Contact:

The Compassionate Friends, Inc. website

(312) 990-0010

The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696


National Victim Center Peer Support

Provider: National Victim Center

Summary: A resource center for all victimization issues.

Contact:

National Victim Center website

(703) 276-2880

National Victim Center
2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201


NOVA Peer Support

Provider: National Organization for Victim Assistance

Summary: A nationwide clearinghouse for all victimization issues.

Contact:

National Organization for Victim Assistance website

(202) 232-6682

National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20010


Parents of Murdered Children Peer Support

Provider: Parents of Murdered Children

Summary: POMC is the only national self-help organization designed solely to offer emotional support and information about surviving the loss of a loved one to murder.

Contact:

Parents of Murdered Children website

(513) 721-5683

Parents of Murdered Children
100 E. 8th Street #B41
Cincinnati, OH 45202


The On-Site Academy Peer Support

Provider: The On-Site Academy

Summary: Counseling and peer-support training

Contact:

The On-Site Academy website

(800) 238-3518

The On-Site Academy
P. O. Box 1031
Gardner, MA 01440

Details & Applicable Instructions:

We help you get back to the job or to a new beginning and quality of life with the tools necessary to master critical incident stress. The On-Site Academy has a skilled staff of licensed clinician, CISM Advanced trained peers, national trauma consultants, and additional support staff from Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Scheduled groups involving all phases of the debriefing process, TFT (Thought Field Therapy), Alpha-Stim, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and substance abuse/addictions treatment when applicable. EMDR is a therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, which rapidly desensitizes traumatic memories and images. Both EMDR and TFT have been shown to significantly reduce trauma symptoms.

Other Benefits

Crime Victim Counseling Expenses

Provider: New York State Office of Victim Services

Summary: The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) is here to help you in a number of ways as you, a family member, or friend cope with victimization from a crime. This page is designed to: describe the services OVS can provide both directly and indirectly, educate you on your rights as a victim, and point you to other service providers who may also be able to assist you.

Contact:

New York State Office of Victim Services website

(518) 457-8727

New York State Office of Victim Services
1 Columbia Circle, Suite 200
Albany, NY 12203

Details & Applicable Instructions:

Counseling Expenses of Survivors -  In recognition of the devastating effect homicide has on the surviving members of a victim's family, counseling will be reimbursed. Family members of police officers killed in the line of duty as the direct result of a crime will be eligible for Crime Victims Board compensation, without regard to financial hardship, for counseling necessary to address the emotional trauma resulting from the loss of a loved one.  Family members that are included are widow, children, parents, brothers, sisters, and guardians.

 

 

 
 
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