The Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children has a long history in Nevada. The committee, originally named the Statewide Child Death Review (CDR) Subcommittee, began in 1994, under the umbrella of the Children’s Justice Act (CJA), which was established through the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), a federal mandate. The Statewide CDR was formed as a partnership of professionals, organizations, and agencies in order to coordinate the statewide activities of child welfare agencies involved in the review of child deaths. The primary goal of this subcommittee was to prevent future child maltreatment and deaths in Nevada by making recommendations for law, policy, and practice changes; staff training; and public education based on data from child death reviews.
Between 2003-2013, the legislation enacted many changes regarding the Statewide CDR, including establishing the statutes the committee is authorized under, NRS 432B.403-NRS 432B.4095. The Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children as we now know it was established in 2013; preventing child maltreatment and death remained the primary goal. The intent is to bring together community-level organizations and agencies which can shed light on the factors leading to the death, as well as recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.
The Executive Committee Shall (432B.409):
- Adopt statewide protocols for the review of the death of a child
- Adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of NRS 432B.403-432B.4095, inclusive
- Adopt bylaws to govern the management and operation of the Executive Committee
- Appoint one or more multidisciplinary teams to review the death of a child from the names submitted to the Executive Committee pursuant to paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 432B.405
- Oversee training and development of multidisciplinary teams to review the death of children
- Compile and distribute a statewide annual report, including statistics and recommendations for regulatory and policy changes; and
- Carry out the duties specified in NRS 432B.408.