OFR Peer Mentor Sites

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Indiana Peer Mentor Site

Indiana’s OFR program is managed by the Indiana Department of Health and is a county-level OFR program established in 2018. It is currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action grant.

Experience

  • State coordination of local sites
  • OFR legislation
  • 16 OFR teams throughout the state
  • Coroner-based system
  • Family interviews and psychological autopsies
  • Experience with suicide and overdose deaths
  • Collaborates across fatality review programs, including Maternal Mortality Review and Child Fatality Review, focused on youth suicides
  • Community of Practice monthly call for all local
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Utah Peer Mentor Site

Utah’s OFR is managed by the Utah Department of Health and is a state-level OFR established in 2017. It is currently funded by the CDC Overdose Data to Action grant with Opioid Response Strategy (ORS) involvement.

Experience

  • State-level OFR initiative
  • OFR legislation
  • Centralized medical examiner office
  • Themed-case selection
  • Summary reports
  • Family interviews
  • Convening different types of death reviews (including suicide, homicide, and maternal mortality)
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Philadelphia Peer Mentor Site

Philadelphia’s OFR is managed by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and is a city-level OFR established in 2019. It is currently funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance COAP grant.

Experience

  • City-level OFR initiative
  • No state OFR legislation
  • Centralized medical examiner office
  • Cases are selected using a statistical model
  • Next-of-kin interviews
  • Case notes organized based on social determinants of health


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Winnebago Peer Mentor Site

Winnebago County's OFR is managed by the Winnebago County Health Department in Wisconsin and is a county-level OFR established in 2018. It is currently funded by the CDC Overdose Data to Action grant.

Experience

  • County-level OFR
  • No state OFR legislation
  • Summary annual reports
  • Facilitated by an outside contractor
  • Experience with suicide and overdose deaths
  • Health department-led with connection to a local prevention coalition
  • Separate recommendation and monitoring team and implementation task force
  • Experience providing technical assistance to local OFR sites
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Ocean County Peer Mentor Site

The Ocean County Overdose Fatality Review Program (OC-OFRP) is managed through the Ocean County Health Department in New Jersey and is a county-level program established in 2017. Starting in fall 2020, it became a funded program through the New Jersey Department of Health to continue the fatality review and to serve as a technical advisor to other fatality reviews in New Jersey.

Experience

  • County-level OFR
  • No state OFR legislation
  • Quarterly and annual reporting
  • Follows RxStat Model (NY/NJ HIDTA) with strong executive and subcommittee models for action
  • Health department-led with strong partnerships with prosecutor, behavioral health, and the medical examiner
  • Family interviews and psychological autopsies
  • Experience providing technical assistance to local sites
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