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Iowa Critical Incident Stress Management Network
Iowa CISM Network
1-877-CAL-CISM (1-877-225-2476)

Iowa CISM Network is a statewide coordinating structure which provides assistance, establishes standardized protocol, collects service data, and assists in the education and advancement of Critical Incident Stress Management in the State of Iowa.  The Iowa CISM Network will coordinate existing and developing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) teams in the State.  The "Mitchell Model" of Critical Incident Stress Management is used for protocol of the Network.  The Network encourages members to provide Critical Incident Stress Management services to any emergency response agency requesting assistance.  The Network believes the highest priorities of members are to provide appropriate assistance, maintain confidentiality and to respect the feelings of the individuals involved.  The Network believes that members should provide immediate crisis intervention and encourage the use of ongoing professional counseling when indicated.

A critical incident has been described as any event, which overwhelms the capacities of a person to psychologically cope with the incident. Highly stressful situations may include:
What Is Critical Incident Stress?
"Any situation faced by emergency service personnel that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or later"  Jeffrey Mitchell

The effects of Critical Incident Stress may be seen in a person's behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and physical responses to overwhelming stress.

What should I look for?
Critical Incident Stress effects a person in several ways.  Some of these are:


A major goal of CISM is to assist emergency services personnel to deal with the emotional and physical aftershocksof critical incidents.

Who does CISM work with and for?
A CISM Team is a group of dedicated, sensitive and specially trained professionals who help
emergency services personnel deal with stressful aspects and occurances of their occupation. Team members include:

CISM serves any emergency services personnel

Where do I find help?
There are 14 teams in the state of Iowa.  If you do not know the number of the nearest team to you call 1-877-CAL-CISM (1-877-225-2476).  This number is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The person answering the phone will ask for some information from you and will pass this on to the team in your area.

Teams currently operate in all counties.  Click on your county for the phone number of the contact for your area.
Adair Adams Allamakee Appanoose Audubon
Benton Black Hawk Boone Bremer Buchanan
Buena Vista Butler Calhoun Carroll Cass
Cedar Cerro Gordo Cherokee Chickasaw Clarke
Clay Clayton Clinton Crawford Dallas
Davis Decatur Delaware Des Moines Dickinson
Dubuque Emmet Fayette Floyd Franklin
Freemont Greene Grundy Guthrie Hamilton
Hancock Hardin Harrison Henry Howard
Humboldt Ida Iowa Jackson Jasper
Jefferson Johnson Jones Keokuk Kossuth
Lee Linn Louisa Lucas Lyon
Madison Mahaska Marion Marshall Mills
Mitchell Monona Monroe Montgomery  Muscatine
O'Brien Osceola Page Palo Alto Plymouth
Pocahontas Polk Poweshiek Pottawattamie Ringgold
Sac Scott Shelby Sioux Story
Tama Taylor Union Van Buren Wapello
Warren Washington Wayne Webster Winnebago
Winneshiek Woodbury Worth Wright

Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, and Hardin
(515) 239-2011

Council Bluffs
Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Freemont, Page, and Taylor
(800) 432- 9227 or
(712) 328-5737

Jackson, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine
(563) 323-1000

Des Moines
Guthrie, Adair, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, Madison, Warren, Marion, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Ringgold, Decatur, and Wayne
(515) 243-4054

Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, and Dubuque

Fort Dodge
Pocahontas, Calhoun, Humboldt, Webster, and Hamilton
(515) 574-6685

Cedar Rapids
Benton, Linn, Jones, Cedar, Johnson, Iowa, and parts of Washington
(319) 366-7654

Monroe, Appanoose, Davis, Wapello, Mahaska, Keokuk, parts of Jefferson, and Washington
(641) 682-4571

Southeast Iowa (Burlington)
Lee, Henry, Des Moines, Van Buren, Louisa, parts Jefferson, and Washington
(319) 753-8390

Mason City
Kossuth, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Franklin, and Butler
800 433-3883

Sioux City
Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Crawford, and Monona
(877) 999-4481 Toll Free

Lyon, Sioux, O'Brien, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Palo Alto, Emmet
(712) 264-6100

Fayette, Buchanan, Bremer, Black Hawk, and Grundy
(563) 291-4460

Tama and Poweshiek
(641) 484-4111

For more information call Ellen McCardle Woods at (515) 377-2237 or call the CISM Network number 1-877-CAL-CISM (1-877-225-2476).

The home page of the International Network is at

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