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CICS Newsletter: February

Eating Disorders and Mental Health


According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED) or an other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED).

The scope and severity of eating disorders are often misunderstood. Eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices. In fact, anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. In a national survey, four out of 10 people reported that they either have suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. There is a significant lack of funding to combat eating disorders and their devastating consequences. As a result, too many individuals and families feel helpless, hopeless and frightened.

The last week of February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. NEDA's theme, Let's Get Real, will help expand the conversation and highlight stories we don't often hear.

Our culture has complicated relationships with food, exercise and appearance. Thirty million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder, and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives.

And because of stigma and old stereotypes, many people don't receive the support they deserve. Join the conversation and help us raise awareness, bust myths, get people screened and start journeys to healing. Use the hashtag #NEDAwareness and use your voice to help save lives!


Calendar of Events


February 13
Families Supporting Families Support Group Meeting
1st United Methodist Church
Iowa Falls| 6:00–7:30 p.m.

February 21
Mobile Crisis Response — Informational Meeting
Skiff Medical Center — Inservice Room
Newton | 3:00 p.m.

February 22
CICS Governing Board Meeting
Story County Administration Building
Nevada | 1:00 p.m.


March 6
Hardin County Mental Health Interdisciplinary Team (MHIT) Meeting
Friendship Club
Iowa Falls | 8:30 a.m.

By the Numbers

30 million

Americans of all ages and genders

suffer from an eating disorder.

Every 62 minutes,

at least one person dies as a direct

result from an eating disorder.

Eating disorders have the

highest mortality rate

of any mental illness.

*Statistics from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD)



CICS in the Real World: CICS Expands into Greene County

Friendship Ark Homes and Community Services
CICS is pleased to announce the addition of Greene County to the CICS region. Effective July 1, 2018, Greene County will join the counties of Boone, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story and Warren in improving the lives of individuals from their communities.

CICS coordinates and secures funding for mental health and disability services for its region's residents. The organization provides the vital link between individuals and appropriate resources to improve health, hope and successful outcomes. Adding Greene County to its region is a sign of strong performance and growth for CICS.

"We are delighted to welcome Greene County into our region," said CICS CEO Jody Eaton. "We feel that CICS has a great deal to offer Greene County and look we forward to improving access to mental health and disability services in their communities."

The CICS Governing Board voted to allow Greene County to join the region after receiving a formal request in a letter dated November 6, 2017. The final step will be for the Greene County Board of Supervisors to sign the CICS 28E agreement. Greene County borders Boone County and brings an estimated 9,000 residents of the CICS region, according to a 2015 census. Jefferson is the county seat, and a CICS county representative will be named in the near future.


Provider Profile


Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services

In the 1960s, two Des Moines area women, Jeannette Eyerly and Elizabeth Ball, were pioneers in advocating for the mentally ill. They were committed to helping people lead productive lives within the community rather than being shut away in a hospital or institution. Ms. Eyerly and Ms. Ball worked relentlessly, pleading with local officials, giving a voice to the helpless and paving the way for the Polk County Mental Health Center, which opened in 1969.

Today that innovative solution, to what was once a neglected problem, has grown to become Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services, a source for outpatient, residential and outreach mental health services. As a leader in providing services that respond to the changing mental health needs in our community, Eyerly Ball has evolved from a single outpatient clinic to include multiple clinic locations, residential facilities, community outreach programs, jail diversion, crisis services and much more.

Eyerly Ball has services available for a wide array of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness, substance abuse and more. Depending on the severity of need, Eyerly Ball offers outpatient therapy and psychiatric services, community-based treatment and residential services.

Partnering with CICS, Eyerly Ball offers services in four of the region's counties: Madison, Warren, Boone and Story. Eyerly Ball is especially excited about its newly expanded efforts in Warren County, offering more therapy services, as well as a med provider. This means medication and psychiatric services will now be available in Warren County through Eyerly Ball.

In addition to these new efforts, Eyerly Ball is proud to partner with police departments in Story County to follow up on all calls related to mental health issues. It also has an in-unit staffer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames to follow up with clients transitioning out of the hospital, ensuring they remain stable and healthy.