Reporting Suspected Abuse

Any person who has reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected can make a confidential report to the Kansas Social & Rehabilitation Services. The state provides a toll-free child abuse hotline.

Kansas Department for Children and Families Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 922-5330

A child is any person who has not reached his or her eighteenth (18) birthday. An “abused child” is any child who has been neglected, or sexually, physically, or psychologically injured.

According to Kansas State law (38-1522 as amended in 1988), the following persons must report cases when there is a reason to suspect abuse of a minor: “Persons licensed to practice the healing arts of dentistry; persons licensed to practice optometry; persons engaged in postgraduate training programs approved by the state board of healing arts; licensed psychologists, licensed professional or practical nurses examining, attending or treating a child under the age of 18 years; teachers, school administrators or other employees of a school which the child is attending; chief administrator officers of medical care facilities; persons licensed by the secretary of health and environment to provide child care services or the employees of persons so licensed at the place where the child care services are being provided to the child; licensed social workers; firefighters; emergency medical services personnel; mediators appointed under K.S.A. 23-602 and amendments thereto; and law enforcement officers.”

What to do if you suspect abuse by church or school personnel.

In addition to making a report to the proper civil authorities, please make a report to the diocese. A person may report allegations of child sexual abuse by writing, calling, or e-mailing the Diocese of Salina.

Pamela Sullivan
Diocesan Assistance Coordinator
P.O. Box 2984
Salina, KS 67402

(785) 825-0865
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What to do if you need to talk with someone.

Every diocese in the United States has a “Victims Assistance Coordinator.” This position came about as a result of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People created by the U.S. bishops in June 2002. The goal of the Victim Assistance Coordinator in the diocese is to promote healing and reconciliation with victims of child sexual abuse on behalf of the Catholic Church. Pamela Sullivan, serves in this position for the Diocese of Salina. All contacts are private and confidential.

Pamela Sullivan
Diocesan Assistance Coordinator
103 N. 9th Street
Salina, KS 67401
(785) 825-0865
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There also exist a wide variety of mental health organizations within the Diocese of Salina. The following agencies offer individual and family counseling.

Catholic Charities - Salina - (785) 825-0208, Toll Free (888) 468-6909,  Hays - Toll Free (877) 625-2644

High Plains Mental Health

Hays - (785) 628-2871

Colby - (785) 462-6774

Norton - (785) 877-5141

Osborne - (785) 346-2184

Phollipsburg - (785) 543-5284

Goodland - (785) 899-5991


Pawnee Mental Health


Manhattan -(785) 587-4300

Clay Center - (785) 632-2108

Concordia - 243-8900

Junction City - (785) 762-5250

Beloit - (785) 738-5363

Belleville - (785) 527-2549