Wichita organizations receive public safety grants

KSN News (file)
KSN News

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Three Wichita organizations have been awarded grants to advance local public safety priorities, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The grants were awarded to support the following programs:

  • Episcopal Social Services, $59,776 to provide evidence-based training programs for adults with mental illness who are at risk for incarceration.
  • Via Christi Hospitals, $166,636 to provide forensic nursing services for victims of sexual assault.
  • Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, $23,970 to support hotline advocates who assist survivors who call the organization’s 24-hour hotline and respond to local hospitals.

“Providing the best public safety services and victim support requires a dedicated staff of local officials,” Schmidt said. “These grants will help advance local priorities for improving public safety.”

The grants are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and were awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Schmidt serves as the chair of the council.