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Trends and Consequences of Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds in 2016
Iowa is ranked 51 of 52 states in the nation

The number of state hospital beds that remain to serve the nation’s most ill and potentially dangerous psychiatric patients has fallen to its lowest level on record, setting off a domino effect of unmet need coast to coast. Largely reserved for those individuals considered unsuc­cessfully treated and/or too dangerous for other health care settings, state hospitals today are the last resort of the mental health system. When there are no beds for them, people who can’t be treated elsewhere instead cycle through other institutions or live on the streets. They crowd into emergency rooms and languish behind bars, waiting for beds to open. Some become vio­lent or, more often, the victims of violence. They grow sicker and die. The personal and public costs are incalculable.

Ideally, people with serious mental illness never become psychiatry’s equivalent of ICU pa­tients; they receive timely and effective treatment long before they are critically ill. But a complete and reliable continuum of mental health care does not exist in the United States, and available mental health resources are oriented toward patients without serious mental illness. Because many individuals with the most severe psychiatric diseases are unable or unwilling to accept treatment, and some do not respond to treatment, there continue to be individuals—a growing number of people in a country with a growing population—who require the intensive, specialized services hospitals provide.

Those beds are going, going, gone.

The Treatment Advocacy Center in the first quarter of 2016 surveyed the 50 U.S. states and District of Columbia to determine how many state hospital beds remain and whom they serve.
 

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IEMSA ANNUAL MEETING
The 2018 Annual IEMSA Member Meeting has been moved up to February 7, 2018, 6-7 PM in conjunction with the EMS Day on the Hill event and the Emerging Trends Conference. Members are encouraged to make it a two-day trip to the capitol city to get a first-hand look at what your association had done and plans to do. Votes will be taken regarding any bylaw changes, new board members will be introduced and reports on activity of the Association will be given. Then stay overnight and join us to advocate on the hill and grow your leadership skills at the Emerging Trends Conference on February 8, 2018.

28th ANNUAL IEMSA CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW
SAVE the DATE | DES MOINES | NOVEMBER 9-11, 2017
NEW! Watch for Registration Form online and in the Apr/Jun Voice.
NATIONAL SPEAKER EARLY LINE-UP Includes:
IRON JEN

DR. CHRISTOPHER WISTROM

A.J. HEIGHTMAN


IEMSA AWARDS
NEW! IEMSA Awards Application Deadline is September 21, 2017. Details on the Awards page.

PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP BOOT CAMP WITH JON POLITIS
September 23 & 24, 2017 at Western Iowa Tech, 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, IA
Tuition: $250 (includes textbook and resources thumb drive)

SIX $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS ADDED TO THE ANNUAL IEMSA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Are you a student looking for assistance to help pay for your EMS Course? Are you a service that has students that are in an EMS Class that you are paying for? If you answered yes to either one of the questions above, IEMSA can help. In an effort to help Iowa EMS combat the volunteer and paramedic shortage, we have added SIX $1,000 Scholarships. Details on page 14 of the January/March 2017 VOICE! Or, download the application PDF!

EMS MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Join us to kick off EMS Week honoring our fallen heroes at the 2017 EMS Memorial Ceremony, to be held May 20, 2017 at the West Des Moines EMS Station #19 on Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. If you have a fallen hero you’d like to honor, applications are being accepted for next year’s ceremony. Honoree Application available here. Deadline for Honoree submissions is April 11, 2018.

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IEMSA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings will be held by teleconference or at West Des Moines EMS Station 19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The November meeting is the Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show at the conference location. All members are welcome to attend.

2017 Board Meeting Dates
January 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

February 8 - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
ANNUAL MEETING
Marriott Des Moines

March 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

April 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Marriott Des Moines

May
No Meeting

June 22 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines City Hall
Training Room Level 2
4200 Mills Civic Pwky
West Des Moines

July 20 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

August
No Meeting

September 21 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

October 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

November
No Meeting

December 21 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference
EMS Memorial Ceremony
May 20, 2017
WDM EMS Station 19
8055 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
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Public Safety Leadership Boot Camp with Jon Politis
September 23-24, 2017
Western Iowa Tech
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA

28th Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show
November 9-11, 2017
Des Moines, IA

SE EMS Saturday
January 18, 2018
Discovery Center, Muscatine

EMS Day on the Hill & Emerging Trends Conference (formerly Leadership Conference)
February 8, 2018
Marriott, Des Moines

5th IEMSA “Uh-Oh! Peds!” Conference
TBD February 2018
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