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.
For more information, please contact:
Sara Hortenstine, Executive Director
State Child Death Review Board
(785) 296-7970 - Phone | 

Annual Reports

FileTypeSizeLast UpdatedDownload
2023 SCDRB Annual Report-FinalPDF4.12 MB29 Sep, 2023 Download
2022 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF5.16 MB30 Sep, 2022 Download
2021 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.99 MB05 Oct, 2021 Download
2020 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.17 MB30 Sep, 2020 Download
2019 SCDRB Annual ReportPDF2.55 MB25 Sep, 2019 Download

State Child Death Review Board Members

  • Jane Weiler, JD, Chair

    Attorney General Appointee
  • Jennifer Slagle

    Secretary for Children and Families Appointee

    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • Kim Jones

    Commissioner of Education Appointee
  • Mary McDonald, JD

    Attorney General Appointee to Represent Advocacy Groups
  • Katherine J. Melhorn, MD

    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • Diane C. Peterson, MD

    State Board of Healing Arts Appointee
  • Jeff Wilhelm

    Secretary of Health and Environment Appointee
  • Melissa G. Johnson

    Kansas County and District Attorneys Association Appointee
  • Doug Younger

    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 FormPDF258.25 KB03 Mar, 2023 Download
Child Autopsy Guidelines and RecommendationsPDF288.98 KB22 Apr, 2024 Download
Coroner Report FormPDF50.35 KB19 Jan, 2018 Download
Drowning Death Scene Investigation Reporting FormPDF1.53 MB09 Nov, 2022 Download
Law Enforcement Summary FormPDF103.01 KB23 Mar, 2016 Download
Report of Death FormPDF285.00 KB03 Mar, 2023 Download
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation FormPDF940.55 KB07 Dec, 2020 Download
SUIDI InstructionsPDF100.04 KB07 Dec, 2020 Download

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