Victims of violent crimes were awarded nearly $200,000 last week from the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board.
The awards, totaling $197,249.54, came during the board’s December meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release. Compensation was granted in 171 cases, including 81 new cases and 90 previously submitted ones.
The Crime Victims Compensation Board was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crimes pay unforeseen expenses. Payments are limited to $25,000 total, with up to $5,000 issued each for funeral expenses and outpatient mental health counseling, $10,000 for inpatient mental health treatment and $1,500 in grief counseling for homicide victims’ families.
The program is funded by assessed court costs and fines, parole fees and restitution paid by convicts. To obtain an application for compensation or to see the board’s annual reports, go to www.ag.ks.gov/victim-services/victim-compensation.