The city of Kenner is revamping its domestic violence diversion program following a WWL-TV story that revealed an assistant city attorney had been conducting court-ordered counseling classes for offenders.
The story also revealed that Kenner’s program fell short of new state requirements mandating 26 weeks of counseling, the nationally recommended standard. The city said it is now adopting that standard.
In the overhaul announced Thursday, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni said the city is allowing only licensed professionals to administer counseling classes and is eliminating classes that had been taught by Assistant City Attorney Christopher Weddle.
In its Nov. 18 report, the station revealed that Weddle was offering counseling under the name “Diversion Resources.” Weddle is not a “licensed mental health professional,” which Kenner’s new rules now require.