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
Melissa Johnson, J.D., Chairperson
Assistant Attorney General, Topeka
Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation appointee
Tony Weingartner, Assistant Director
Kansas Bureau of Investigation,Topeka
Secretary for Children and Families appointee
Kansas Department for Children and Families, Topeka
Secretary of Health and Environment appointee
Elizabeth W. Saadi, Ph.D
Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka
Commissioner of Education appointee
Aarion L. Gray
Children & Families Section, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka
State Board of Healing Arts appointees
Erik K. Mitchell, M.D. (Pathologist member)
Deputy Coroner, Kansas City
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.
McDonald Law LLC, Wichita
Kansas County and District Attorneys Association appointee
CJ Rieg, J.D.
Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Lawrence
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.