Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children

The Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children was established in 1994 and originally named the Statewide Child Death Review (CDR) and resides under the umbrella of the Children’s Justice Act (CJA).  When formed, the Statewide CDR was a partnership of professionals, organizations, and agencies tasked to coordinate the statewide activities of child welfare agencies involved in reviewing the deaths of children. The primary goal of this committee was to prevent future child maltreatment and deaths in Nevada by making recommendations for law, policy and practice changes; staff training; and public education. In 2003, Nevada legislation enacted statute regarding the Statewide CDR, providing a clear purpose for review and recommendations, including the establishment of NRS 432B.403-NRS 432B.4095.

In 2013, the Executive Committee to Review the Death of Children was established to replace the Statewide CDR. The primary goal of preventing child maltreatment and child death by improving upon the recommendations of law, policy and practice change remains. The intent is to bring together community-level organizations and agencies which can shed light on the factors that lead to child death, as well as recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. Furthermore, NRS 432B.4095 was enacted which incorporated the confidentiality of information obtained and reviewed at regional CDRT meetings, including protection from disclosure, subpoena, discovery, and introduction into evidence for civil or criminal proceedings. Additionally, the Executive Committee is responsible for making decisions about funding initiatives to prevent child maltreatment and child death by working collaboratively with regional CDR teams and stakeholders toward this same goal.

Additionally, each year the Executive Committee releases a Notice of Funding Opportunity in which grants are awarded to agencies throughout the State for child near fatality and fatality prevention efforts. NRS 432B.409 allotted a fee of $1 per issued certified death certificate as a way to fund prevention efforts. For State Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021), approximately $130,000 was awarded for prevention efforts that focused on safe sleep, suicide prevention, and water safety.

    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.