Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review Team

Overdose deaths are preventable.

The purpose of this team is to prevent overdose deaths. The team accomplishes this purpose by examining individual, organizational, and systems level factors related to overdose deaths that occur in Winnebago County. The reviews focus on systems level change to prevent future deaths and not on identifying fault in organizations or individuals connected to the death being reviewed.

 

Background:

Winnebago County established their Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) team in early 2018 when the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition’s Data team wrote and was awarded an Overdose Fatality Review grant from the Department of Justice and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). As part of this grant we receive technical assistance from Medical College of Wisconsin and Wisconsin DHS. Overdose deaths have been consistently growing since 2001. Even though we’ve seen a decrease in this past year, overdoses remain high and we expect an increase in 2020 due to COVID-19.  Our OFR team has continued to look at the root causes of these overdoses and system level changes we can make to help save lives.

 

Review Process:

From September 2019 – August 2020, the Overdose Fatality Review team reviewed 8 deaths. The process involved each partner sharing information about the decedent’s life and death, discussion of risk factors and circumstances surrounding each decedent, examination of system issues related to addiction and substance use, and identification of opportunities to influence policy and practice to prevent future overdoses and overdose deaths. Confidentiality is maintained through inter-agency memorandum of understandings (MOUs), signed agreements at each meeting, and de-identification of the decedent during the review meeting. The process is designed to maintain the highest levels of respect for the decedent, those impacted by the death, the partner agencies in the room, and the broader community.

 

Partner List:
  • Addiction Medical Solutions of Wisconsin
  • Appleton Field Office
  • Appleton Police Department
  • Apricity
  • Ascension
  • Aurora Medical Center of Oshkosh
  • Aurora Pharmacy
  • City of Menasha Health Department
  • City of Menasha Police Department
  • City of Oshkosh Fire Department/Emergnecy Medical Services
  • City of Oshkosh Police Department
  • Community Church
  • Day by Day Warming Shelter
  • Department of Justice
  • Fox Crossing Police Department
  • Fox Valley PRISM Team/Unity Recovery Services
  • Gold Cross Ambulance Service
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Chruch
  • Hometown Pharmacy
  • Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group
  • Neenah Police Department
  • Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection
  • Nova Counseling Services
  • Omro Police Department
  • Oshkosh Area School District
  • Partnership Community Health Center
  • Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
  • Solutions Recovery, Inc.
  • ThedaCare
  • ThedaCare Behavioral Health
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Police Department
  • Village of Winneconne Police Department
  • Winnebago County Coroner’s Office
  • Winnebago County Health Department
  • Winnebago County Human Services Department-Behavioral Health & Child Welfare
  • Winnebago County Office of District Attorney
  • Winnebago County Safe Streets Committee
  • Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections

  

Contact:

Jennifer Skolaski, Facilitator (jskolaski@co.winnebago.wi.us)
Stephanie Gyldenvand, Support (sgyldenvand@co.winnebago.wi.us)

 

Resources:

2020 Winnebago County Annual Report

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