Ken Paxton

Reimbursement for Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations

Law Enforcement Reimbursements

Law enforcement agencies can apply for reimbursement for the forensic costs associated with forensic sexual assault examinations pursuant to articles 56.06 and 56.065, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

The Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC) Program will reimburse law enforcement "reasonable costs" associated with forensic sexual assault examinations of victims of alleged sexual assaults in an amount not to exceed $1,000.00 in the aggregate for dates of crime on or after July 15, 2016.  For dates of crime prior to July 15, 2016, the amount shall not exceed $700 in the aggregate. Law enforcement is not required to pay any costs for treatment of injuries. (See Emergency Medical Care Reimbursements for more information on reimbursement for those costs.)

Please note that in accordance with Texas Administrative Code 61.801 (b), forensic medical exams conducted on or after 10/30/2014, requests for reimbursement shall be submitted within three years of the date of the forensic medical examination.

Information about the application for reimbursement and billing by providers is found in the Forensic Sexual Assault Examination Reimbursement Guidelines.

Emergency Medical Care Reimbursements

The medical costs associated with the forensic sexual assault examination are not covered by the law enforcement agency and the victim may be held financially responsible for those costs.  Victims may seek reimbursement from the CVC program as either a CVC claim or an Emergency Medical Care claim. 

  • Victims seeking compensation for all possible types of reimbursement (i.e. relocation, counseling, loss of earnings, etc.) are required to comply with all eligibility requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, reporting the incident and cooperating with law enforcement, as well as providing evidence that criminally injurious conduct occurred.
  • Victims seeking compensation only for medical expenses associated with the forensic medical sexual assault examination performed under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure articles 56.06 or 56.065 should submit an Emergency Medical Care claim. These victims need not comply with CVC eligibility requirements. However, the exam must have been conducted at a hospital, requested under 56.06 or 56.065, and the reimbursement must be for emergency medical treatment at or very near the time of the forensic sexual assault examination. 

You may visit Crime Victims' Compensation: How to Apply for more information about the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program and how to apply.