Reporting Suspected Abuse
What to do if you suspect abuse or neglect of a child in Kansas.
If a child is in immediate danger call 911 or local law enforcement.
Any person who has reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected can make a confidential report to the Kansas Department for Children and Families Protection Report Center. The state provides a toll-free child abuse hotline. They may also call the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Hotline 1-800-KSCRIME. If the abuse involves sexual crimes by a member of the clergy they may also use the KBI clergy abuse email.
Kansas Department for Children and Families Child Abuse Hotline
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 (K.S.A. 38-2223), the following persons must report cases when there is a reason to suspect abuse of a minor: “(A) the following persons providing medical care or treatment: Persons licensed to practice the healing arts, dentistry and optometry; persons engaged in postgraduate training programs approved by the state board of healing arts; licensed professional or practical nurses; and chief administrative officers of medical care facilities; (B) the following persons licensed by the state to provide mental health services: Licensed psychologists, licensed masters level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical marriage and family therapists, licensed behavioral analysts, licensed assistant behavioral analysts, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors and registered alcohol and drug abuse counselors; (C) teachers, school administrators or other employees of an educational institution which the child is attending and 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; (D) firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement officers, juvenile intake and assessment workers, court services officers and community corrections officers, case managers appointed under K.S.A. 2005 Supp. 23-1001 et seq., and amendments thereto, and mediators appointed under K.S.A. 23-602, and amendments thereto; and (E) any person employed by or who works as a volunteer for any organization, whether for profit or not for-profit, that provides social services to pregnant teenagers, including, but not limited to, counseling, adoption services and pregnancy education and maintenance.”
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. Taking the step to report a complaint of sexual abuse by a priest or employee of the Archdiocese is not easy. For many people the strength and courage to make such a report often comes after many years of inner anguish. Survivors, who have made such reports over the years, have sensitized us to the needs of survivors and families especially with regard to making an initial complaint. As you contemplate your contact with the Diocese of Salina, we want to assure you that you will be treated with respect and kindness. After a survivor has completed and submitted the report sexual abuse form by clicking the link below, Maria Cheney, Diocesan Assistance Coordinator, will contact the survivor by phone or email to arrange for an interview by phone or in person. The survivor will be asked to provide his/her name, date of birth, current address, phone number, name of perpetrator, years of abuse and a brief description of the nature of the abuse. General information which does not include the name of the survivor may also be shared with law enforcement officials.
A person may also report allegations of child sexual abuse by writing, calling, or e-mailing the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator using the contact information below.
What to do if you were a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in the past.
What to do if you need to talk with someone.
The goal of the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator in the diocese is to promote healing and reconciliation with victims of child sexual abuse on behalf of the Catholic Church. All contacts are private and confidential.
Maria Cheney, LSCSW
Diocesan Assistance Coordinator
P.O. Box 2984
Salina, KS 67402
3 ways to report abuse to the Diocese of Salina
Submit an abuse report online HERE
Call our report abuse hotline - (785) 825-0865
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, Hays - (785) 625-2644, Manhattan - (785) 323-0644
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