New York State Funeral Directors Association

Issued June 28, 2019

On June 26, 2019, previously passed, and NYSFDA-supported legislation, went into effect that increases emergency awards for burial expenses of crime victims to $3,000.
Under the previous law and regulations, the maximum emergency award for burial expenses from the NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS) totaled $2,500, and, that award could be reduced or denied entirely if a victim’s conduct contributed to his or her death.
Remaining unchanged is the eligibility for Individuals or funeral homes who paid or incurred burial costs for a crime victim to recoup up to $6,000 from OVS for those expenses: funeral services, burial plot, the deceased’s burial clothes, clergy fees, transportation costs for the deceased, obituaries, head stone, flowers, death certificates, and church fees for religious services and flowers.
This new law builds off previously NYSFDA-supported legislation passed in 2016 that authorizes funeral homes to file a claim for reimbursement directly through OVS for funeral services offered to crime victims.
CLICK HERE for more information from the Office of Victim Services.