Kansas Compensation Board Awards Thousands Of Dollars To Crime Victims
TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded $250,920.10 in financial assistance to 254 victims of violent crimes at its July meeting according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
The awards were made to 134 new cases and 120 previously submitted cases were paid additional expenses.
The Crime Victims Compensation program is administered by the Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office, which was established in 1978. The sole purpose of the Crime Victims Compensation program was to help victims of violent crimes pay for unexpected expenses they incurred in the form of medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages as well as funeral expenses and dependent support.
Claims that are eligible for payment are determined by the state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board. They determine how much money will be awarded to each claimant.
There is a limitation on the awards that are handed over, to a maximum total amount of $25,000, from which $5,000 is reserved for funeral expenses, $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.
Funding for the program is provided by a portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders.
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