Welcome to the Kentucky Coroner's Association!
In order to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have provided information on how to contact coroners and find answers to frequently asked questions about our professional services. Coroners can also find information and sign up for training programs through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
In Calendar Year 2012, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,912 death investigations across the Commonwealth. This represents a 10.7% increase in coroner investigations since 2009. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,402 of those cases, or 24.2% of all deaths. This compares Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 death investigations and 2,378 autopsies, Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies, and Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.
The death investigation system in Kentucky is a cooperative effort among and between county coroners' offices and the State Medical Examiner's Office. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, coroners and deputy coroners have the full power and authority of peace officers and they investigate the cause and manner of all deaths that are defined as coroner's cases by KRS 72.405.
Contacts for the Kentucky Coroner's Association:
Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary
Phone: (502) 839-5151
Mitchell Lee, Association President (2014-2015)
Marshall County Coroner
Phone: (270) 527-6940
||OWENSBORO training class has been CANCELLED
The Coroner's training class scheduled in Owensboro for June 24-25 has been canceled due to low participation. Those of you that had signed up for this class should review the remaining training opportunities on the calender and reschedule.
||2014 KY-EDRS Update
With the January 1, 2015 deadline approaching for all death certificates to be filed electronically, the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics is offering two-hour funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled:
April 09, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
May 14, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
June 11, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
July 09, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Aug. 13, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Sept. 10, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Oct. 08, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Nov. 12, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Dec. 10, 2014 Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
We suggest not waiting until the last one or two classes in case those classes fill up. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.
Over 50% of death certificates are now being filed using KY-EDRS. Please remember, according to OVS staff, the venerable traditional paper death certificate WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED starting in 2015. You have 8 training classes left to choose from.
||Update on House Bill 1
Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.
If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.
If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.
If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.