Crime Victims Provided Support Following January Meeting

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TOPEKA, Kan Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 61 victims of violent crime Thursday.

Expenses were paid for 23 new cases and 38 previously submitted cases totaling $171,075.24.

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

The state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded for each claimant. Awards to individuals are limited to $25,000 with up to $5,000 for funeral expense, $5,000 for outpatient mental health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,500 for grief counseling for family survivors of homicide victims.

A part of court costs, fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.