Child Fatality Review
Mission: To reduce the incidence of preventable child deaths.
Ohio CFR Legal Mandates
Child Fatality Review was signed into law under House Bill 448 in June 2000. The rules and mandates are in the Ohio Revised Code section 307.621 and in the Ohio Administrative Code section 3701-67-02. An amendment in 2009 provided confidentiality protection of data at the state level. Each county must establish a CFR board or join with other counties to form a regional board. Each CFR board must review the deaths of children under 18 years old residing in that county, regardless of county of death.
Child Fatality Review meetings are not public meetings and are not subject to Sunshine Laws. All statements, work products, information related to CFR are confidential. All information and records acquired by the CFR board are confidential and not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceedings. Violation of confidentiality is a second degree misdemeanor.
The CFR board must meet at least once per year to review all deaths of children under 18 years old. By April 1st of each year, the CFR board chairperson must submit to the Ohio Department of Health :
· The data collected for each review
· The number of child deaths that were not reviewed
· Recommendations for action that might prevent other deaths
By September 30th of each year, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Childrens Trust Fund prepare and distribute an annual report for the state.
for CFR Data
· The strengthened Ohio Graduated Driver License Law
· Safe Sleep campaigns
· Youth suicide prevention programs
Locally, the CFR board has created a baby safety booklet and provided teen suicide data to support peer helper suicide prevention programs.
National groups that are interested in CFR data include:
· Consumer Product Safety Commission
· CDC, Healthy People 2020
· National SAFE KIDS
Promote cooperation, collaboration and communication among all groups that serve families and children
Maintain a database of all child deaths to develop an understanding of the causes and incidences of those deaths
Recommend and develop plans for implementing local service and program changes; and to advise ODH of aggregate data, trends and patterns.
Chief of Police or Sheriff*
Executive Director of public children service agency*
Public Health Official*
Executive Director of a board of alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services*
Pediatrician or Family
* Or designee
Other Child Advocates
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