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Details for Service Medical Examiner System
Service Name Medical Examiner System Program Name Data Collection and Analysis
Goal Manage resources to provide effective and efficient delivery of services to North Carolinians.
Objective Assure that children and/or adults receive needed and effective health and safety services through data tracking, research and evaluation.
Division Division of Public Health
Service Description

The Medical Examiner System serves North Carolinians by investigating deaths that are the result of injury or accident; that are sudden, unexpected or suspicious; that occur in jail, prison, correctional institution, police custody or  state-operated facility; or that are not attended by a doctor. The system ensures that the cause and manner of death is properly certified.

Local Medical Examiners (MEs) and pathologists or Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) staff order an autopsy if necessary to document the extent of injury or disease, and to complete death certificates.

Blood or tissue specimens are sent to the OCME Toxicology Laboratory for forensic analysis (using science and technology to investigate the facts).

Web Site https://www.ocme.dhhs.nc.gov/ Year First Initiated 1967
Available State Wide Yes Geographic Area Served
Grants Provided No Competitive Bidding No
Competitive Bidding Details
Waiting List No Waiting List Start Date
Number Waiting
Waiting List Details

Income Eligibility
Income Eligibility No
Income Eligibility Method
Income Eligibility Type
Whose Income Eligibility
Income Disregard No
Income Disregard Desc
Income Verified No
Income Verified Method
Income Criteria
Income Eligibility Change
Income Eligibility Method Prior To Change
Income Eligibility Other

Target Population
Age Range Start Age Range End
0 100+

Legal Authority
Authorization Level Authorization Type Citation
State Statute GS130A-377 through 404
State Statute GS130A-377 through 404

Budget Information
State Fiscal Year (SFY)
As of the month of
Authorized Budget Fiscal Year 2024 SFY 2023-2024 Year To Date Expenditures Balance
Salary and Fringes (1X) 0 0 0
Salary Other (1X) 0 0 0
Operating (2X-5X) 0 0 0
Contracts/Allocations (6X) 0 0 0
Reserves (7X) 0 0 0
Transfers (8X) 0 0 0
Total Requirements 0 0 0
Receipts-Federal 0 0 0
Receipts- Local receipts 0 0 0
Receipts- Other receipts 0 0 0
Total Receipts 0 0 0
General Fund Appropriations 0 0 0
State Local Other
0 0 0
State Local
0 0