Monday - July 22 - 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The impact of behavioral health and social issues on the health of communities and the EMS services that serve them is immense. From people suffering from addiction to those who are homeless, these growing patient populations present unique challenges for EMS, including an increased demand for precious EMS resources and limited options for transporting to appropriate care. In this interactive session, participants will review current research and case studies in order to evaluate suggested strategies for dealing with this critical issue.
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Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, president of the National Association of EMTs and chief strategic integration officer for MedStar Mobile Healthcare in Fort Worth, Texas, will facilitate this session. Joining him will be leaders of a diverse group of EMS systems who will take you on a deep dive into innovative programs that have helped successfully care for patients with behavioral health problems. Faculty includes Jonathan Washko, MBA, assistant vice president of the Center of Emergency Medical Services at Northwell Health in New York; James Crutchfield, chief of community paramedicine for Manatee County EMS in Florida; and Captain Jessica Banks with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Florida.
Sponsored by the Academy of International Mobile Health Integration