Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Funding Available for Local Child Fatality Review Teams

Along with the new legislation (SB 13-255), there is funding available to develop local child fatality review teams and facilitate individual child fatality reviews.

Planning Money

During the first year of funding (between January 15, 2014-June 30, 2014), local public health agencies will receive $2,500 per county to use for development of local child fatality review teams. Local public health agencies will:
  • Determine its local team structure (single-county team or multi-county, regional team);
  • Identify the coordinating agency of the local review team (the local public health agency or a designated external agency);
  • Identify a point of contact or local coordinator for the local team;
  •  Determine local child fatality review team members included in the legislation (public health agency, department of human services, coroner, law enforcement, county attorney, district attorney, and school district); and
  • Register the local coordinator and other team members, as needed, in the National Child Death Review Reporting System.

How will the funding work? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will work directly with local public health agencies to reimburse the agencies for local child fatality review team planning and prevention efforts. Local public health agencies will be allowed to spend planning dollars on expenses related to establishing local teams, such as reimbursing travel costs for potential team members, meeting space, food, or meeting materials. If agencies are not able to use the full $2,500 on planning activities, it is acceptable to use the remaining amount to support child fatality prevention efforts (e.g. purchasing car seats, contributing to educational campaigns, etc.).

Implementation Money

During the next fiscal year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), and for subsequent years, approximately $314,000 will be allocated to local child fatality review teams to coordinate the local review team, request records, review individual child death cases, facilitate local review team meetings, and enter data into the National Child Death Review Reporting System.

The funding amount for each local team will be allocated using a funding formula based on the maximum number of child death cases the team will be expected to review. The total funding amount includes a $1,000 base for each county plus $700 per case. Each year, the funding formula will be reviewed to ensure that local child fatality review teams are appropriately funded. CDPHE anticipates that the funding will remain consistent from year-to-year. Additional details about how the funding formula was created are available upon request.

The funding amounts for each county are listed in the table below. The funding will be additive if counties are part of a multi-county agency or if counties choose to regionalize for a multi-county team.

Local Team County
Funding Amount
Adams
$22,000
Alamosa
$2,400
Arapahoe
$15,000
Archuleta
$1,700
Baca
$2,400
Bent
$2,400
Boulder
$8,000
Broomfield
$3,800
Chaffee
$2,400
Cheyenne
$8,000
Clear Creek
$2,400
Conejos
$2,400
Costilla
$2,400
Crowley
$1,700
Custer
$2,400
Delta
$3,800
Denver
$22,000
Dolores
$1,700
Douglas
$11,500
Eagle
$3,800
El Paso
$32,500
Elbert
$2,400
Fremont
$3,800
Garfield
$3,800
Gilpin
$2,400
Grand
$3,800
Gunnison
$3,800
Hinsdale
$2,400
Huerfano
$2,400
Jackson
$2,400
Jefferson
$15,000
Kiowa
$2,400
Kit Carson
$2,400
La Plata
$3,800
Lake
$2,400
Larimer
$11,500
Las Animas
$3,800
Lincoln
$2,400
Logan
$3,800
Mesa
$8,000
Mineral
$1,700
Moffat
$3,800
Montezuma
$3,800
Montrose
$3,800
Morgan
$3,800
Otero
$3,800
Ouray
$1,700
Park
$3,800
Phillips
$2,400
Pitkin
$2,400
Prowers
$2,400
Pueblo
$11,500
Rio Blanco
$2,400
Rio Grande
$2,400
Routt
$2,400
Saguache
$2,400
San Juan
$2,400
San Miguel
$1,700
Sedgwick
$2,400
Summit
$3,800
Teller
$2,400
Washington
$2,400
Weld
$15,000
Yuma
$1,700

How will the funding work? If a local public health agency will be coordinating the local child fatality review team, the implementation money can be incorporated into CDPHE’s Office of Planning and Partnerships (OPP) contracts. Local public health agencies interested in this option need to inform CDPHE by February 2014 in order for the child fatality funding to be included in the OPP contracts for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).

If the local public health agency will not be coordinating the local child fatality review team, or if this is unknown by February 2014, CDPHE will coordinate the funding and contracts through the Prevention Services Division.

Any questions about the funding available for local child fatality review teams can be directed to: Colleen Kapsimalis, Child Fatality Prevention System Program Manager, colleen.kapsimalis@state.co.us, 303-692-2388.

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