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    Effective July 1, 2018, the Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit (SARU) has transferred to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP).


    Beginning July 1, 2018, all correspondence, and all claims for reimbursement for the sexual assault forensic medical examination and related emergency services, should be sent to the following address:


    Payment Address for All Claims beginning July 1, 2018


    Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention-SARU

    100 Community Place

    1st Floor

    Crownsville, MD 21032



    This change was prompted as a result of the passage of House Bill 247 Criminal Procedure – Victim Services Unit – Victim’s Compensation, which is expected to bring additional federal dollars to Maryland for victim services as well as provide a centralized location for programs serving survivors.   ​​


    Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit

    Program Overview​

    The Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit, operating under the Code of Maryland Regulations 10.12.02, Rape and Sexual Offenses - Physician and Hospital Charges (select 12 Adult Health, subtitle 12.02 Rape and Sexual Offenses-Physician and Hospital Charges, was created to provide reimbursement for the physical examination, collection of evidence, and emergency treatment of individuals for injuries resulting from alleged rape, sexual assault, or child sexual abuse. The Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit aims to prevent individuals and their families from re-victimization by easing the reimbursement process associated with medical-forensic claims processing. The Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit allows victims and their families to focus on the important task of healing.

    Facts At A Glance

    • In 2015 (the last year for which statistics are available), 1,758 forcible rapes were reported in Maryland. Rape accounted for SIX percent of the violent crime and 1.0 percent of the crime index. In 2015, there were 29.3 forcible rapes per 100,000 OF population – Crime in MARYLAND, 2015 UNIFORM CRIME REPORT.
    • In FY17, the Sexual Assault Reimbursement Unit (SARU) processed 3,222 rape, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse claims.
    • In FY17, the average cost/claim was:
        • $454 (all claims)
        • $786 (hospital)
        • $140 (professional)
    • In FY17, the total number of hospital claims was 1657(51 percent). The total number of professional claims was 1,584 (49 percent).
    • In FY17, the total SARU Reimbursement was $1,560,679.18. Hospital claims totaled $1,352,743.08 (87 percent) and professional claims totaled $207,936.10 (13percent).

    Frequently Asked Questions