Last year, 54 minors in Sedgwick County ended up in juvenile correctional facilities. A new grant from the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) would keep youths in the community and out of a correctional facility.
Sedgwick County Commissioners approved the reinvestment grant application on Wednesday for nearly $615,000. The money comes from funds that were saved when the state defunded a program that had placed juvenile offenders in out-of-home facilities.
Glenda Martens, with the county's Division of Corrections, told commissioners the funding would create new programs and new staff positions.
"The programs that we are looking at are called Seeking Safety," Martens says. "A gender-based program, multi-systemic family therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy are all evidence-based practices that will fill gaps in Sedgwick County."
If KDOC gives final approval on December 1, there will be eleven new staff positions, including mental health professionals, a clinical supervisor and senior corrections officers.
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