Crime Victims Receive Support From Attorney General's Office

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)--105 victims have been awarded financial assistance from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board.

Awards were made in 42 new cases and additional expenses were paid in 63 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $214,311.

The program was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling and lost wages.

The program is funded by a portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders and is administered through Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office.

The state's three-member board determines claims that are eligible for payment and decides how much money will be awarded to each claimant.

Awards are limited to a maximum total amount of $25,000 with limitations of $5,000 for funeral expenses, $3,500 for outpatient mentail health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,000 for grief counseling for family survivors of homicide victims.

Call (785) 296-2359 or visit the Attorney General's website for more information on the Crime Victims Compensation Board.