Crime Victims Fund Makes Payments

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board has awarded financial assistance to 218 victims of violent crime at its September meeting.

Awards were made in 123 new cases.

Additional expenses were paid in 95 previously submitted cases.

The awards totaled just over $131,000.

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in the Attorney General’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.

A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees, and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

The 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.