Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced Thursday that the agency will offer $2
million in grants directly to the state’s community domestic violence centers to
fund the services they provide to clients of SRS’ Temporary Assistance to Need
Families (TANF) program who have been victims of domestic violence.
This will be an effective increase of $600,000 for the local
“Funding domestic violence programs directly through the
community providers will allow us to deliver services and support straight to
the victims,” Secretary Gilmore said. “In addition to increased funding, the
community programs will have more flexibility and be able to better tailor their
programs to individual needs.”
The grants will go into effect July 1, which marks the
beginning of the state’s fiscal year.
The community programs provide support and a safe haven for
victims of sexual and domestic violence, focusing primarily on women and
children. They deliver direct services, such as counseling, victim advocacy and
prevention and public awareness campaigns.
The Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence
(KCSDV) decided to withdraw its bid to oversee case management for the local
providers this week. SRS’s current $1.7 million contract with KCSDV will expire
“We are not surprised that KCSDV is backing away from
providing services for the approximately 450 TANF clients in the domestic
violence program,” the Secretary said. “KCSDV had been struggling to meet our
new accountability standards for several months.”
“We tried to work with them, but in the end the bid that
KCSDV submitted did not meet even the minimum performance standards set in the
request for bid, and they were the only bidder,” Secretary Gilmore said. “As a
result of their withdrawal, we have decided to take the program in house, manage
it ourselves and provide direct funding to the community programs,” she said.
“We are working to get this funding in place to provide to
local programs so these services will continue to be supplied without
disruption,” the Secretary said. “We are also reaching out to the tribal groups
that, in the past, have not been included in the program.”