- Every county must have a multidisciplinary child fatality review panel (114 counties and City of St. Louis).
- The county panel must consist of at least the following seven core members: prosecuting attorney, coroner/medical examiner, law enforcement representative, Children’s Division representative, public health official, juvenile officer and Emergency Medical Services representative. Panels may elect to have additional optional members.
- All deaths, birth through age 17, must be reported to the coroner/medical examiner.
- The coroner/medical examiner is mandated to report the death to the Central Registry Unit, Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.
- All children, age one week to one year, that die in a sudden, unexplained manner must have an autopsy (Section 194.117 RSMo.)
- A state CFRP panel must meet at least two times per year to review the program’s progress and identify systemic needs and problems.
- Panels must use uniform protocols and data collection forms.
- Certified child-death pathologists must perform the autopsies.
- Knowingly violating reporting requirements is a Class A misdemeanor.
- When a child’s death meets the criteria for review, activation of the panel must occur within 24 hours of the child’s death, with a meeting scheduled as soon as practical.
- Since November 1992, the State Technical Assistance Team has become an "umbrella" unit for several programs and services relating to children’s events. In addition to the Child Fatality Review Program, STAT is also responsible for implementing HB 1370 which provides training and assistance for county-based child sexual abuse teams. Panel and team membership is very similar, as is their need for services and support. In essence, STAT has become an "omni-source" for information and assistance to the professional community that responds to child fatalities and serious abuse and neglect issues.