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Thursday, August 29 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Breaking Free from the Restraints: Transforming Colorado’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Response to Behavioral Health Crises

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Behavioral health crises are one of the leading causes of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) activation, yet we rarely discuss how these patients are treated, what resources are available, or how to improve the care we provide. This session will use statewide EMS data, as well as information from a few unique agencies that have implemented new strategies for the treatment and transport of this population, to discuss opportunities for improved efficiencies in an already strained system.

Speakers
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Eric Lucas

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Eric Lucas is the Data Coordinator for the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in Denver, CO. Eric graduated with a MPH in Epidemiology & Environmental and Occupational Health from the Colorado School of Public... Read More →
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Amber Viitanen

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Amber Viitanen, MPH, serves as the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Data Section Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where she orchestrates the collection and analysis of Colorado’s EMS and trauma data. With a Master’s in Public... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grays Peak 3

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