Suicide and Overdose Fatality Review – A Rural Community Approach that Involves Cross-Sector

11:30 AM
12:45 PM
Chesapeake D-F


Bringing together cross sectors of a rural community to create change can bring great success and great challenges! When protecting our children and future community leaders, there is a great reason to work towards a solution and put bias aside.

In 2019 our community developed a Suicide and Overdose Fatality Review (SOFR). In 2020 we reviewed our first decedent. Since that time, we have been able to make strides towards:

• Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers

• Changing Consequences

• Changing Physical Design

• Modifying/Changing Policies

Learn from our experience on how participants from cross-sectors, creating a safe, non-judgmental environment, utilizing person-first language, and focusing on solutions, not blame, can create positive outcomes in a SOFR.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify key steps needed to develop a SOFR in your community.

2. Identify the importance and value of cross sector collaboration and partnership for a SOFR.

3.  Describe how fatality review data can be used to enhance access/reduce barriers, change consequences


Kimbra Reynolds
Executive Director
Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Virgil Jones
Associate Director
Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition, Inc.