Spotlight – Idaho

Michelle Weir
Program Manager, Family and Community Services
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
450 West State St, 5th Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Phone: (208) 334-5925
Fax: (208) 334-7330
Email: Michelle.Weir@dhw.idaho.gov

Teresa Abbott
Principal Analyst, Child Fatality Review
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
450 West State Street, 5th Floor
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Phone: 208-334-5732
Fax: 208-332-7330
Email: abbottt@dhw.idaho.gov

Website: http://idcartf.org/

Program Description

Administration
The current Idaho Child Fatality Review Team was established by executive order in 2012. The team operates under direction from the Governor appointed Task Force for Children at Risk. Review Team activities are funded and coordinated through the Department of Health and Welfare.

Teams
Idaho has a 20 member statewide review team. This is multi-disciplinary group of professionals representing law enforcement, coroners, child advocates, medical practitioners, attorneys, juvenile justice representatives, and Idaho Department of Health & Welfare employees.

Reviews
The Idaho Child Fatality Review Team reviews cases of children from birth through 17 years. They review child abuse deaths, preventable deaths and deaths due to external causes, unexplained or deaths with modifiable risk factors.

Purpose
The purpose of Idaho’s Child Fatality Review Program is to identify information and education which may improve the health and safety of Idaho’s children and to prevent instances of abuse and neglect.

Data
Data is collected for the review process from vital statistics records, autopsy reports, coroner’s reports, law enforcement reports, medical records, EMS records and child protection records.

Annual Report
An annual report will be submitted to the Governor’s Task Force for Children at Risk. The report includes conclusions and recommendations per category of death.

Last Updated: February 2018