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.
What Is Critical Incident Stress?
- Serious injury or death of an emergency services personnel at an incident.
- Suicide of a co-worker.
- Mass casualty incidents
- Traumatic deaths and any grave situation involving children.
- Hostage taking of emergency personnel.
- Prolonged situations that have negative outcomes.
- Mass fatality incidents
- Death of significant community member.
- Injury or death of a family member or close friend.
- Other incidents
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:
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.
Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, and Hardin
Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Freemont, Page, and Taylor
(800) 432- 9227 or
Jackson, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine
Guthrie, Adair, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, Madison, Warren, Marion, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Ringgold, Decatur, and Wayne
Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, and Dubuque
Pocahontas, Calhoun, Humboldt, Webster, and Hamilton
Benton, Linn, Jones, Cedar, Johnson, Iowa, and parts of Washington
Monroe, Appanoose, Davis, Wapello, Mahaska, Keokuk, parts of Jefferson, and Washington
Southeast Iowa (Burlington)
Lee, Henry, Des Moines, Van Buren, Louisa, parts Jefferson, and Washington
Kossuth, Hancock, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Wright, Franklin, and Butler
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
Fayette, Buchanan, Bremer, Black Hawk, and Grundy
Tama and Poweshiek
The home page of the International Network is at http://www.icisf.org/
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