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Coroner's Office receives grant

STAFF REPORT

The Shelby County Coroner’s Office has been awarded a grant by the Trauma and Injury Prevention Division of the Indiana State Department of Health. The Bureau of Justice Assistance supplies the grant funding as does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The funding will be awarded in the form of supplies that will be utilized to assist in the reporting of violent and preventable deaths within the county. 

In January 2019, Shelby County began a new reporting system that allows data sharing to occur with state and federal agencies to recognize patterns of preventable deaths, including drug overdoses. Coroner Bradley Rund emphasizes that the data sharing agreement between the State of Indiana and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office only shares information pertinent to the reporting of preventable deaths and does not release any confidential information.

“I am extremely proud of my staff for being able to adapt to the changes of the new system,” said Rund in a media release. “The team is excited to be able to provide information to the agencies to help alleviate preventable deaths in our community. The Shelby County Commissioners and Councilwoman Linda Sanders have provided substantial support to be able to upgrade our office and report these incidents.”

For more information on the program, visit www.in.gov/isdh/26539.htm.