Section 9 – Legal Support for Practice and Policy

210.194 Suspicious Deaths

Panels, coroners and medical examiners — rules authorized for protocol and identifying suspicious deaths, procedure. — 1.  The director of the department of social services, in consultation with the director of the department of health and senior services, shall promulgate rules, guidelines and protocols for child fatality review panels established pursuant to section 210.192 and for state child fatality review panels.

  2.  The director shall promulgate guidelines and protocols for coroner and medical examiners to use to help them to identify suspicious deaths of children under the age of eighteen years, who are eligible to receive a certificate of live birth.

  3.  No rule or portion of a rule promulgated under the authority of sections 210.192 to 210.196 shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of section 536.024.

  4.  All meetings conducted, all reports and records made and maintained pursuant to sections 210.192 to 210.196 by the department of social services and department of health and senior services and its divisions, including the state technical assistance team, or other appropriate persons, officials, or state child fatality review panel and local child fatality review panel shall be confidential and shall not be open to the general public except for the annual report pursuant to section 210.195.

(L. 1991 H.B. 185 § 2, A.L. 1993 S.B. 52, A.L. 1994 S.B. 595, A.L. 1995 S.B. 3)