National Forum on Overdose Fatality Review

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Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 - 08:30am EDT to Wednesday Aug 28, 2019 - 12:30pm EDT
Event Description: 

Save the dates of August 27 – 28, 2019, and join peers for this national forum in Washington, D.C. to explore Overdose Fatality Reviews (OFRs).

This day-and-a-half, in-person convening will highlight topics including public health frameworks for case review and potential connections with RxStat, the critical role of different team members, the use of data for action, the ethics of case review, and the critical components of an effective OFR program. This meeting is applicable to participants at all levels of expertise, offering a mix of general-interest plenary presentations, expert-guided discussions, and a two-track session structure geared for (1) those interested in establishing or new to OFRs and (2) those more advanced in their OFR activities.

What Is an OFR? OFRs are an effective method of data sharing for strategic planning, improving service provision to people at risk, and strengthening community-based responses to the opioid epidemic. Multidisciplinary teams pool information on individuals who have experienced an overdose to identify ways to improve cross-system care. Through this comprehensive information sharing and discussion, review teams develop and implement program and policy recommendations.

How Can I Connect With OFR Peers? This national convening will provide the collegial chance for those who participate in, lead, support, or are interested in OFR to convene and discuss the benefits (and challenges) of this innovative program. Because of the multidisciplinary composition of teams, this promises to be a unique opportunity to connect directly with colleagues from different backgrounds to discuss relevant issues and trends, share ideas, exchange resources, and gain new skills to improve programs.


  • August 27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • August 28, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.

Authorized Use of Grant Funds and Budgeting Details

  • You may use your Bureau of Justice Assistance-supported Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) award funds (previously allocated for the 2019 COAP National Meeting, which is rescheduled for next year) to send up to two representatives from your COAP project to this event. If you would like to send more than two representatives or have budget questions, please contact your BJA Grant Program Manager.
  • Recipients of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States and Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Prevention Initiative funds are also encouraged to attend and can use approved travel funds to support their participation.
  • Please note that you do not need to be a COAP or CDC grantee to attend: All interested colleagues, partners, and stakeholders are welcome.
  • For budgeting purposes:
    • There is no registration fee to attend.
    • Space is limited. Please register early to reserve your space.
    • Hotel rooms at the host facility are $179.00 plus tax per night.
    • No meals will be provided; all food and beverages will be on your own. The daily federal per diem is $76.00 per full event day and $57.00 per travel day.
    • The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA), approximately 5 miles/20 minutes (by car) from the host hotel. The Capital Hilton does not offer airport shuttle services; taxi fare is approximately $20.00 to/from DCA. View more transportation options.
The Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Organizer Information
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Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program
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