Three Wichita organizations are receiving federal grant money to advance local public safety initiatives.
The awards, announced Monday by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. They were given by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, of which Schmidt serves as chair, his office said in an e-mailed news release.
The Wichita recipients are:
▪ Episcopal Social Services, $59,776 for training programs for adults with mental illness who are at risk for incarceration
▪ Via Christi Hospitals, $166,636 for forensic nursing services for sex assault victims
▪ Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, $23,970 for advocates who speak to hotline callers and respond to local hospitals
“Providing the best public safety services and victim support requires a dedicated staff of local officials,” Schmidt in a prepared statement. “These grants will help advance local priorities for improving public safety.”