The state agency announced Wednesday the recipients of roughly $35 million in grants, funded through employer assessments, to 37 district attorney offices representing 42 California counties.
San Luis Obispo County will receive $54,419 this year, according to the state Department of Insurance. Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said his office applies for the grant every year and submitted its application in April.
A state Department of Insurance spokeswoman said a grant review panel reviews applications and makes funding recommendations to the commissioner based on multiple criteria including past performance, the county's problem statement and their program strategy for the upcoming year.
Debra Vallely, director of the SLO County District Attorney’s Office’s Victim and Witness Services, wrote in an email that this year’s grant will cover a portion of one district attorney investigator’s salary, travel to and from Department of Insurance meetings and outreach efforts.
The office has been investigating cases of workers’ compensation fraud since the launch of its anti-fraud program in the 1993-94 fiscal year.