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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) partnered with Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to assess the needs of Nebraska county coroners in conducting drug overdose death investigations. This is the third year DHHS has partnered with STEPs to assess coroners’ needs.

To develop a clear understanding of Nebraska county coroners’ needs, STEPs conducted an online survey of the 91 county coroners who are serving 93 Nebraska counties, according to Nebraska DHHS’s internal data. STEPs administered the survey on June 13, 2021 and closed it on August 17, 2020. 22 coroners fully or partially completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 22%. Coroners from each behavioral health region submitted responses.