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Fatality Review Team Advisory Council

Both the State and community maintain a commitment to preventing abuse, neglect and exploitation of at-risk adults. This includes a charge to bring perpetrators of crimes against at-risk adults and prevent untimely deaths in the community.

When an at-risk adult dies, the response to the death 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.

To this end, Fatality Review Teams have been established in each of the Department’s planning and service areas.

The oversight body for these teams is the Fatality Review Team Advisory Council, which meets a minimum of four times a year and is charged with the following

  • Serves as the voice of Fatality Review Teams (FRT) in Illinois;

  • Oversees the FRTs to ensure that work is coordinated and in compliance with State statutes and operation protocols;

  • Ensures that data, results, findings and recommendations of the FRTs are used in a timely manner to make any necessary changes to the policies, procedures, and State statutes in order to protect at-risk adults;

  • Collaborates with IDoA in order to develop any legislation needed to prevent unnecessary deaths of at-risk adults;

  • Ensures FRTs use standardized processes in order to convey data, findings, and recommendations;

  • Serves as a link with FRTs throughout the country and to participate in national review team activities;

  • Provides FRTs with the most current information and practices concerning at-risk adult death review and related topics;

  • Performs any other functions necessary to enhance the capability of the FRTs to reduce and prevent at-risk adult fatalities;

  • Upon request of the IDoA Director, reviews the death of an at-risk adult that occurs in a planning and service area where an FRT has not yet been established.

FRT Advisory Council Members:

Chair – Diane Michalak, Assistant State’s Attorney, DuPage County

Co-Chair – Teva Shirley, Program Director, Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association

Jim Allmon, Chief Deputy Coroner, Sangamon County

Yvonne Anderson, Adult Protective Services Supervisor, MercyHealth VNA

Amy Brown, Executive Director, CRIS Healthy Aging Center

Loren Carrera, Kane County Coroner

Jamie Farrell, Aging and Disability Rights Coordinator, AgeOptions, Oak Park

Brenda Fleming, Executive Director, West Central Illinois Case Coordination Unit

Nancy Hinton, Midland Area Agency on Aging

Scott Kinley, Williamson County Deputy Coroner

Holly Kozinski, Center for Prevention of Abuse

Duane Northrup, Champaign County Coroner

Clarissa Palermo, Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County

Aristotle Papanikolaou, Alternatives for the Older Adult

Lana Sample, Ford County Public Health Department

Donna Schnell, Stopping Women Abuse Now (SWAN)

Mark Thomas, Knox County Coroner


2023 Meetings
February 16, 2023  
May 18, 2023  
August 17, 2023  
November 16, 2023  
2022 Meetings

​February 17, 2022

Agenda / Minutes

​May 19, 2022

Agenda / Minutes

​August 18, 2022

Agenda / Minutes

​November 17, 2022

2021 Meetings

​February 19, 2021

 ​Agenda / Minutes  

​May 20, 2021

Agenda / Minutes

​August 26, 2021

Agenda / Minutes

​November 18, 2021

Agenda / Minutes

2020 Meetings

​February 20, 2020

Agenda / Minutes

​May 21, 2020

​August 27, 2020

Agenda / Minutes

​October 29, 2020

Agenda / Minutes

​November 19, 2020

Agenda / Minutes

2019 Meetings

​February 21, 2019

Agenda / Minutes

​May 23, 2019

​Agenda / Minutes

​August 22, 2019

​Agenda / Minutes

​November 20, 2019

​Agenda / Minutes

2018 Meetings

​February 20, 2018

Agenda​ / Minutes

​May 22, 2018    

Agenda / Minutes

​August 21, 2018

Agenda / Minutes

​November 15, 2018

Agenda / Minutes​

2017 Meetings

​February 21, 2017        

 Agenda / Minutes

​May 23, 2017

Agenda / Minutes​

​August 22, 2017

Agenda / Minutes

​November 21, 2017

Agenda / Minutes​

2016 Meetings

​August 23, 2016

Agenda /​Minutes

​November 22, 2016

Agenda / Minutes

FRT Annual Reports