The municipality can claim reimbursement of the costs of victim assistance
The municipality of residence can claim reimbursement of the costs arising from the special services it has provided to the Assistance system’s customer, when the need for such services arises from the customer’s status as a trafficking victim. Such special services may include, for example, therapy and housing in a shelter. The municipality’s right to claim a reimbursement is based on the Act on the promotion of immigrant integration, section 53 (1386/2010).
The municipality of residence will receive the reimbursement of the costs arising from the special services through the centres for economic development, transport and the environment (ELY Centres). To receive the reimbursement, the municipality must cooperate with the Assistance system, because the ELY Centre must request an opinion from the Assistance system before payment.
This opinion is requested on whether the costs have resulted from the provision of special services arising from the trafficking victim status of the Assistance system’s customer. It will be easier for the Assistance system to issue an opinion on reimbursement if it already has worked with the municipality and is aware of the assistance provided to the victim.
The municipality of residence will receive consultation from the Assistance system regarding the help offered to the victims, as well as support for assessing the victim’s service needs so that they can be met.