State Child Death Review Board

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

Dianne Keech, M.A.
DCF Deputy Director Prevention and Protection Services, 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                                         

Erik K. Mitchell, M.D. (Pathologist member)
Deputy Coroner, Kansas City

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 response 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.


Statutes and Regulations

Annual Reports