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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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2019 AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Know of someone who has made outstanding contributions to EMS in Iowa? Nominate them for an IEMSA Annual Award online here, or print and mail this PDF form here!

IEMSA EMS NON-BILLERS WORKSHOP
Hilton Garden Inn Event Center, West Des Moines
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 1pm-4:30pm - $10/pp
This important Workshop will help those Iowa EMS Services that are NOT currently billing for EMS services. IEMSA’s GEMT Consultant, Karla McHenry, Doug Wolfberg, Michelle Smith of PCC and IEMSA Board members with deep knowledge of billing will walk you through the benefits and pitfalls of billing. They will also step you through your options and eligibility to get started pulling in some of the reimbursement funds available to EMS Services in Iowa. Get the complete event details here!

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 2019 EMS Memorial Ceremony, to be held May 18, 2019 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 14, 2019.

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Regional Billing & Documentation Conference
April 8 & 9, 2019
NEW Location Hilton Garden Inn, West Des Moines

30th Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show
November 7-9, 2019
Iowa Event Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines

SE EMS Saturday
February 6, 2020
Discovery Center, Muscatine, IA

IOWA EMS SUMMIT- EMS Day on the Hill
February 12 & 13, 2020
Iowa Event Center (Hotel Hilton Downtown)
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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.

2019 Board Meeting Dates
January 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

February 5 - 3:30-4:50 p.m.
ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING
Hilton DSM

March 21 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

April 8 - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines

May
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June 20 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Mercy College - Sullivan Center

July 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Teleconference

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

October 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

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December 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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Regional Billing & Documentation Conference
April 8 & 9, 2019
NEW Location - Hilton Garden Inn/West Des Moines

Public Safety Leadership Boot Camp

September 28 & 29, 2019
West Des Moines Fire/EMS Station #19
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30th Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show
November 7-9, 2019
Iowa Event Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
Des Moines, IA
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SE EMS Saturday
February 8, 2020
Discovery Center in Muscatine

EMS Day on the Hill & Iowa EMS Summit Conference
February 12 & 13, 2020
Hilton Downtown Des Moines
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