The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) regularly offers training and technical assistance to the network of victim service providers it funds across New York State. Through research, professional development, trainings and conferences, OVS builds the capacity of victim assistance programs to better serve innocent victims of crime. Many no-cost tools, resources and specialized training opportunities are highlighted below. Click on each resource link or scroll down for more detailed training materials.
VAP Training Center Webinar Series
We understand that programs are under unique forms of stress during this time, and OVS is here to support you. In response, OVS launched a series of webinars and small group trainings with the goal of helping you tackle some pressing issues. Click the links below to join each upcoming training opportunity or visit the OVS Training YouTube Channel to view all previously recorded webinars.
Previous and upcoming scheduled training events are also listed on the OVS Events Calendar, with key events highlighted below.
VAP Training Center Resources
OVS Resource Connect is a concern-based search engine desinged to help you find resources provided by OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs from across New York State.
An online community forum for OVS-funded Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs), VAP Connect provides a space for VAPs to come together, network, and share valuable information and best practices with one another.
A no-cost Training and Technical Assistance Request Program in which OVS matches specialized consultants with OVS-funded programs to deliver a wide-range of custom-tailored organizational leadership and communication services.
Periodic national, state and regional training information is shared via the OVS Training Listserv, where subscribers can receive inside access to OVS training announcements and the quarterly OVS Outreach newsletter.
The OVS Training YouTube Channel features up-to-date resources and recently recorded training opportunities for victim assistance programs funded by OVS.
Billing for a Forensic Rape Exam (FRE)
OVS offers training on an overview of the FRE Direct Reimbursement Program. Facilitated by OVS Associate Attorney, Shelby Foster, this training covers relevant laws and regulations, how to complete and file the OVS Direct Reimbursement Claim Form, common billing/reimbursement issues and other Frequently Asked Questions. Appropriate for advocates, medical providers, facility registration/billing/administration staff and anyone else that is involved with the Forensic Rape Examination Direct Reimbursement Claims at any point in the process.
For more information and to request this training, email [email protected].