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CICS Newsletter: May

CICS’s Jody Eaton to Serve Second Term on State’s Mental Health and Disability Commission


Jody Eaton

CICS is proud to see CEO Jody Eaton named to a second term on the state’s Mental Health and Disability Commission. Eaton will serve a second three-year term on the board beginning May 1.

“I’m really honored and really grateful to be able to serve in that capacity,” Eaton said.

On the MHDS Commission, Eaton will help guide the state’s policy on mental health by submitting regular reports to Governor Kim Reynolds.

“The commission provides reports on the state of mental health services and makes legislative recommendations,” Eaton said.

The commission will also work to create policy to support the newly enacted mental health bill Governor Reynolds signed last week. The bill creates reform in mental health services across the state, adding new services to Iowans facing a mental health crisis.

“If legislation passes the house and the senate and is signed by the governor, there’s still the process of crafting policy to implement those laws,” Eaton said. “It is important for regions to have a voice on the rulemaking process.”

As CEO of CICS, Eaton will continue to oversee the launch of the organization’s new mobile crisis response services in partnership with Eyerly Ball, as well as the addition of Greene County as the region’s 11th county in July.

Calendar of Events


May 2
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training — Hardin County
Hardin County Engineers Office — Meeting Room
409 17th Street
Eldora| 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 4
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training — Grinnell
Drake Community Library
930 Park Street
Grinnell | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 15
NAMI Family Support Group
Friendship Club
602 S. Oak Street
Iowa Falls | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
All families and/or caretakers are welcome

May 16
Madison County Learning Community
CICS Building
209 E. Madison Street
Winterset | 12:00 p.m.
Topics: Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Services

May 21
Juvenile Mental Health First Aid Training
Kendall Young Library
1201 Wilson Avenue
Webster City | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 22
Madison County Community Cares
Sports Page — Back Room
224 E. Hwy 92
Winterset | 12:00 p.m.
Networking with providers and entities in Madison County

May 25
Mental Health Awareness Day
Trinity Lutheran Church
Webster City | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

May 29
Juvenile Mental Health First Aid
Boone YMCA Camp
Boone | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For camp staff only

May 30
May Mental Health Awareness Month Seminar
1st United Methodist Church
609 Main Street
Iowa Falls | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Complimentary luncheon with our speaker, State Representative Lisa Heddens. RSVP to Hardin County Community Services: 641-939-8167

By the Numbers

One in five

adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.

Half of all

lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.

Between 70 and 90 percent

of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.

*Statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness


CICS in the Real World: CIT Training from NAMI CI

Friendship Ark Homes and Community Services
Crisis Intervention Team training is a law enforcement mental health response model that teaches de-escalation of mental health crisis response. The CIT program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families and other advocates. This innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention training helps people with mental disorders and/or addictions access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system because of illness-related behaviors.

NAMI CI provided CIT training to many law enforcement agencies in the CICS region in a joint session in March. The next training date will be announced in the near future.

You can get more information on CIT training by contacting Lisa at or 515-292-9400 or Tiffany at or 515-382-7255.


Provider Profile

Center Associates

Center Associates is a community mental health center providing Marshall, Tama and Hardin and surrounding counties with outpatient treatment, medication management, consultation, evaluation, jail diversion and integrated health services. Their clinical, medical and support staff will guide you through the process of getting services at Center Associates.

Center Associates is one of the longest serving mental health centers in the state and formed after an informal meeting at the Lennox Auditorium on March 25, 1957, where they identified the need for community mental health services. This was initiated by a study group from the American Association of University Women, which later expanded to become the Marshall County Mental Health Association, which eventually formed the Mental Health Center of Mid-Iowa.

The Marshalltown office was a product of efforts by Opal Fore, a social worker associated with the University of Iowa. After extensive organization and consultation with surrounding Iowa communities, the group decided that Marshalltown was a preferable location to reach a wide array of community members in need. The Iowa Mental Health Authority provided furnishings for the center, which opened in 1958.

In 1995, the center was moved to 9 North 4th Avenue in the building known as the Evangelical School of Nursing Dormitory. Both the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa and the center occupy the building. The center attained accreditation from the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities within the Iowa Department of Human Services and has since provided comprehensive mental health services to Marshall and Hardin Counties.

Center Associates opened a secondary office in 2013 in Toledo, Iowa, and has now expanded serves to Tama County. In 2014, it became an approved Integrated Health Home, and founded its Integrated Health Services. Center Associates now serves three counties with a team of licensed professionals such as psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Learn more here.