Sam Grisham has one goal and that is to ensure those with disabilities obtain independence while enjoying a quality of life that includes health and welfare.
Grisham, a veteran of the US Army, graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and retired Chief of Security from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has been in his role of investigative agent at the Marion County Board of DD since June 2017. In his current role, he is responsible for the investigations, interviews, security, and reporting.
313.12 Notice to coroner of violent,
suspicious, unusual or sudden death
(A) When any person dies as a result of criminal or other violent means, by casualty, by suicide, or in any suspicious or unusual manner, when any person, including a child under two years of age, dies suddenly when in apparent good health, or when any person with a developmental disability dies regardless of the circumstances, the physician called in attendance, or any member of an ambulance service, emergency squad, or law enforcement agency who obtains knowledge thereof arising from the person’s duties, shall immediately notify the office of the coroner of the known facts concerning the time, place, manner, and circumstances of the death, and any other information that is required pursuant to sections 313.01 to 313.22 of the Revised Code. In such cases, if a request is made for cremation, the funeral director called in attendance shall immediately notify the coroner.
(B) As used in this section, “developmental disability” has the same meaning as in section 5123.01 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 158, §1, eff. 10/12/2016. Effective Date: 01-30-2004.
What to Report
OAC 5123:2-17-02 Addresses major unusual incidents (MUI) and unusual incidents (UI) to ensure health, welfare, and continuous quality improvement. Contact 740-225-9310 (24-hour hotline).
- Accidental/suspicious death (law enforcement & coroner)
- Exploitation (law enforcement)
- Misappropriation (law enforcement)
- Neglect (law enforcement)
- Physical Abuse (law enforcement)
- Prohibited Sexual Relations (law enforcement)
- Rights Code Violation
- Sexual/Verbal Abuse (law enforcement)
- Attempted Suicide (law enforcement)
- Medical Emergency
- Non-suspicious/accidental death (law enforcement & coroner)
- Significant Injury
- Law Enforcement
- Unscheduled Hospitalization
- Unapproved Behavior Support
Major Unusual Incidents
A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is defined as any alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of an incident that adversely affects the health and safety of an individual.
MUIs are reported to the Marion County Board of DD, which then reports the information to the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). County Boards of DD are responsible for immediate action, investigation, and prevention planning for each incident.
The DODD Major Unusual Incident and Registry Unit reviews all initial MUIs to ensure immediate actions are taken and appropriate notifications have been made. In addition to this review, the DODD provides technical assistance to providers and counties, and routinely conducts assessments of each County Board of DD and Developmental Center’s system for ensuring health and safety. The DODD also conducts separate investigations as outlined in the rule.
Preparing for follow up
Common questions to have answers for when reporting:
- Did anyone witness it?
- Did you get a written report from witness(s)? Do you have a phone number or email for the witness(s)?
- What is the extent of the injuries if an accident?
- What was the individual doing?
- Where was staff?
- What actions did staff take immediately?
- What other known factors played into the incident?
- Who has been notified?
- If death, was the coroner notified? Who notified Coroner? What date and time?
- What are the timelines? (time of incident, time reported, time departed)
- If law enforcement was notified, officer’s name, report number, MPD or Sheriff?
- How did you ensure health and welfare of individual and others?
- Name of hospital or name of jail where individual was taken.