Child Fatality Review 2014
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently released Georgia’s Child Fatality Report for 2014. 78% of all child deaths were deemed preventable and most statistics are similar to previous years, including the average rate of sleep related deaths in Georgia, 3 infants per week. This report is vital to inform policy and action to prevent further deaths in children.
Some of the Recommendations include:
- Provide Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to Communities by partnering with local Family Connection Collaboratives.
- Increase collaboration between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Division of Family and Child Services (DFCS) on the program for Infants and Toddlers, a federal grant program that assists states in operating a comprehensive statewide program of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth through two year old and their families.
- Public and private organizations should be synthesized to achieve a continuous positive life trajectory for a child/ adolescent. This should include seamless case management, programmatic functionality, data sharing across systems, and evidence-based approaches within heath care, education, social services, and juvenile justice.