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.

Annual Reports

FileTypeSizeLast UpdatedDownload
2018 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.57 MB28 Sep, 2018 Download
2017 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.27 MB29 Sep, 2017 Download
2016 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.21 MB03 Oct, 2016 Download
2015 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF1.89 MB01 Oct, 2015 Download
2014 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF610.63 KB02 Oct, 2014 Download

State Child Death Review Board Members

  • Melissa Johnson, JD, Chair

    Assistant Attorney General, Topeka
    Attorney General Appointee
  • Scott Coates, MD

    District Coroner, Chanute
    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • Pamela Hahn

    Kansas Department for Children and Families, Topeka
    Secretary for Children and Families Appointee
  • Kim Jones

    Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka
    Commissioner of Education Appointee
  • Mary McDonald, JD

    City Prosecutor's Office, Wichita
    Attorney General Appointee to Represent Advocacy Groups
  • Katherine J. Melhorn, MD

    Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • Jamie Oeberst, MD

    Forensic Pathologist, Wichita
    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • C.J. Rieg, JD

    Douglas County District Attorney's Office, Lawrence
    Kansas County and District Attorneys Association Appointee
  • Elizabeth Saadi, PhD

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka
    Secretary of Health and Environment Appointee
  • Tony Weingartner

    Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Topeka
    Director of Kansas Bureau of Investigation Appointee

Statutes and Regulations

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.


FileTypeSizeLast UpdatedDownload
Autopsy Billing FormPDF253.75 KB30 Dec, 2014 Download
Autopsy GuidlinesPDF190.72 KB15 Nov, 2013 Download
Coroner Report FormPDF50.35 KB19 Jan, 2018 Download
Law Enforcement Summary FormPDF103.01 KB23 Mar, 2016 Download
Report of Death FormPDF276.64 KB30 Dec, 2014 Download
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation FormPDF186.87 KB21 Oct, 2011 Download

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