The State Child Death Review Board examines trends and patterns that identify risk factors in the deaths of children, from birth through 17 years of age.
The State Child Death Review Board has developed the following three goals to direct its work:
- To describe trends and patterns of child deaths, identifying risk factors in the population;
- To improve inter-agency communication so recommendations can be made regarding recording of actual cause of death, investigation of suspicious deaths, and system responses to child deaths;
- To develop prevention strategies including community education and mobilization, professional training, and changes in legislation, public policy and/or agency practices.
State Child Death Review Board Members:
Attorney General appointee
Steve Karrer, J.D., Chairperson
Assistant Attorney General, Topeka
Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation appointee
David Klamm, SSA
Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Wichita
Secretary of Children and Families appointee
Brian Dempsey, J.D.
DCF Assistant Director of Child Welfare, Topeka
Secretary of Health and Environment appointee
Elizabeth W. Saadi, Ph.D
Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka
Commissioner of Education appointee
Sarah Johnston, M.D.
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
State Board of Healing Arts appointees
Donald V. Pojman, M.D. (Pathologist member)
Deputy Coroner, Topeka
Jaime Oeberst, M.D. (Coroner member)
District Coroner, Wichita
Katherine J. Melhorn, M.D. (Pediatrician member)
Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
Attorney General appointee to represent advocacy groups
Mary A. McDonald, J.D.
Wichita City Prosecutor’s Office, Wichita
Kansas County and District Attorneys Association appointee
Kim Parker, J.D.
Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, Wichita
To ensure a coordinated repsonse that fully addresses all systemic concerns surrounding child fatality cases, the Kansas Legislature gave the SCDRB authority to obtain all records concerning each child. K.S.A. 22a-244(b) provides that the Board shall have access to certain records concerning the child. All records provided to the Board remain confidential.