Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that the public can use to report, usually anonymously, individuals who have made false statements or otherwise intentionally misrepresented the facts surrounding an injury or loss in order to receive or increase the amount of compensation they will receive based on an insurance policy. Also included are programs that accept reports of fraudulent claims submitted by health care providers, pharmacies, auto repair shops and other parties that are providing services for insured individuals and using their insurance as a means of payment.
Programs that facilitate the exchange of information and/or provide short-term assistance, usually in the form of food, clothing, blankets, temporary shelter, furnishings, small appliances or temporary financial aid, for people who have suffered injuries or incurred losses due to a major disaster or large-scale emergency that disrupts the normal functioning of a community. The objective of disaster relief is to help individuals sustain their lives during the immediate aftermath of the event. NOTE: "Disaster Relief" is a category of services utilized by community human services agencies involved in disaster work. Government organizations do not recognize disaster relief as a formal part of the disaster cycle. Most of the services classified as disaster relief are considered by government to be part of disaster recovery and a few (e.g., disaster welfare inquiries) are categorized as disaster response.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.