Minnesota Payment Resources
Summary of payment program
In Minnesota, victims of sexual assault who have an evidentiary exam done for the purpose of gathering evidence of sexual assault need not pay for that service. Minnesota Statute § 609.35. The county must pay regardless of whether or not their is a report to law enforcement.
In Minnesota, the county in which the assault occurred is responsible for covering the cost of the exam. The victim does not have to report the assault to law enforcement in order for the county to pay. The statute does not identify which county agency is responsible for administration. It may be the sheriff’s office, county attorney’s office, or county financial office. The agency designate should protect a victim’s identity. The covered costs include, but are not limited to: full cost of the rape kit examination, associated tests relating to the complainant’s sexually transmitted disease status, and pregnancy status. Victims can visit the hospital of their choice. They do not need to consult a hospital in the county in which the assault occurred. They do not need to be referred by the prosecutor or law enforcement officer.
The completed application form must be signed and dated, and mailed, faxed or emailed to:
Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101-1515
651-201-7300 or 1-888-622-8799
Email: DPS Justice Programs
- Crime involving an injury or death (Property crimes are not covered)
- Child abuse
- Sexual assault
- Domestic abuse
- Criminal vehicular operation and drunk driving
- Crime must have occurred in Minnesota, or in a foreign country without a compensation program
- Crime must be reported to police within 30 days
- Claim must be filed within 3 years
- Victim must cooperate fully with police and prosecutor
- Victim must not have committed a crime or contributed through misconduct
Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations – Healthcare Providers Guide
- Providers will receive a Medical Reimbursement form and a Physicians form to complete. Both forms must be returned, along with patient health care records and appropriate HCFA 1450, 1500, UB92, or comparable billing form.
Office of Justice Programs – Crime Victims Reparations Board
Coordination with healthcare
Rape crisis centers are available 24 hours a day. Advocacy programs are committed to provide access to services for survivors with limited English skills at no cost to the survivor. This may happen through a language line or interpreter. For assistance and accessing programs in Minnesota – rapehelpmn.org.