Well in Your Home and Community
Safety and Well-Being
AgeOptions coordinates the Suburban Cook County Fatality Review Team, which is charged with reviewing deaths of adults in domestic living situations who are believed to have been at risk for abuse.
Under the Adult Protective Services Act, Illinois mandates each of the 13 Planning and Service Areas in the state to have a Fatality Review Team. When an at-risk adult dies, the response by the community, law enforcement and the state must include an accurate and complete determination of the cause of death and the development and implementation of measures to prevent future deaths from similar causes.
Fatality Review Team Meeting Schedule
Fatality Review Teams meet four times per year.
*Non-invited, non-members may attend meetings acording to the provisions of the Open Meetings Act but must leave the meeting prior to a closed session.
All meetings will be at 2:30pm at AgeOptions
1048 Lake St., Suite 300, Oak Park
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Fatality Review Team Meeting Minutes
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December 10, 2015
February 11, 2016
April 14, 2016
June 9, 2016
August 11, 2016
December 8, 2016
March 9, 2017
The director of the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) appoints Fatality Review Team members. Each team includes, but is not limited to, the following members:
- Coronor, medical examiner or both
- State's Attorney
- Local police department
- Forensic units
- Physician, psychiatrist or other health care provider
- Providers of services for eligible adults in domestic living situations
- Local health department
- Social service or health care agency that provides services to persons with mental illness
- Social service or health care agency that provides services to persons with developmental disabilities
- Local hospital, trauma center or provider of emergency medicine
The purpose of Fatality Review Teams in conducting reviews of at-risk adult deaths is:
- To assist agencies in identifying and reviewing suspicious deaths of victims of alleged, suspected or substantiated abuse or neglect in domestic living situations
- To facilitate communications between officials responsible for autopsies and inquests and persons involved in reporting or investigating alleged or suspected cases of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of at-risk adults and persons involved in providing services to at-risk adults
- To evaluate means by which the death might have been prevented
- To report its finding to the appropriate agencies and the Illinois Fatality Review Team Advisory Council and make recommendations that may help to reduce the number of at-risk adult deaths caused by abuse and neglect and that may help to improve the investigations of deaths of at-risk adults and increase prosecutions, if appropriate
General questions about the Fatality Review Team may be emailed to Jon Hofacker, firstname.lastname@example.org.