The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 207 victims of violent crime at its August meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says awards were made in 96 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 111 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $236,375.14.
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 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. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.