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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Sentinel Event Policy is part of a comprehensive quality assurance program (see RSA 126-A:4) and establishes the reporting and review requirements of sentinel events involving individuals served by the Department. Both community providers and components of the Department which provide direct care services shall report sentinel events as directed by this policy. The goals of this sentinel event reporting and review policy are: (1) to have a positive impact in improving care and service delivery, and (2) to understand the causes that underlie sentinel events, and make changes to internal and external systems and processes to reduce the probability of such events in the future.

Sentinel events include unexpected deaths, permanent loss of function, or the risk thereof, suicides, rape and other serious events signaling the need for investigation.

Sentinel Event Reporting Forms are to be completed when a sentinel event occurs involving an individual or individuals who:

  • Are receiving Department funded services;
  • Have received Department funded services within the preceding 30 days;
  • Have been evaluated by a service provider within the preceding 30 days; or
  • Are the subjects of a Child or Adult Protective Services report.

For the Sentinel Event policy and form, please visit the Health Services Assessment page.


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