This section summarizes the types of recommendations that may be developed through the overdose fatality review (OFR)
process; provides an overview of the recommendation process, from developing to sustaining recommendations; and
offers a method to track, monitor, and assess the implementation of recommendations.
during the OFR
The OFR process is driven by an action-oriented partnership. Successful
OFRs rely on active engagement by members beyond the detailed case discussions, including formation,
implementation, assessment, and continuation of prevention strategies. It is important that the OFR
facilitator reinforce that recommendations can be identified and implemented through the OFR’s
collaborative, data-driven, problem-solving process.
Form a subcommittee to
Creating subcommittees to focus and implement specific recommendations can maintain momentum by
building sustained internal and external support for the strategy.
Once the subcommittee has developed a recommendation, it needs to be implemented. It is important to do
so strategically. The subcommittee is responsible for developing a work plan.
The subcommittee lead will check regularly with subcommittee members on the status of assigned tasks
and implementation. The subcommittee lead will likely provide a verbal progress report during OFR case
The OFR coordinator will work with the OFR data manager to ensure the status of the recommendation is
tracked in the OFR Data System.