TOPEKA – (October
9, 2020) – The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board yesterday awarded
financial assistance to 250 victims of violent crime at its October meeting,
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. 

Awards were
made in 134 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 116 previously
submitted cases. The awards totaled $249,302.58.

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 their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental
health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

The state’s Crime Victims
Compensation Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and 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 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 portion of
assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid
by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

For more information
about the Crime Victims Compensation program call (785) 296-2359 or visit the
attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov

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