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Emergency Psych Task Force Update

Monday, October 14, 2019  
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Tony Thrasher, D.O., DFAPA, Co-Chair
WPA/WACEP Emergency Psych Task Force

The joint task force between WPA and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians continues to meet regularly and focus on areas of intersection between psychiatry and emergency medicine.  As of late, there have been two collaborations with external shareholders of great utility and promise.

The task force chairs have met twice with the Wisconsin Sheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Badger State Sheriffs' Association, and their associated lobbyists.  These meetings took place in Madison and were focused on obtaining not only our thoughts on process improvements but also on pieces of legislation they were considering putting in front of law makers. These meetings allowed the task force to opine on said legislation while also disseminating our work on the Medical Stabilization white paper and associated Wisconsin SMART form

The second collaboration involved the opportunity to meet with the staff of the Attorney General in preparation of the State Summit on Emergency Detentions on October 31st.  This meeting allowed for task force leadership, WPA leadership, and WMS leadership to all meet with the leaders of said summit to obtain information worth focusing on at said conference.  This meeting was very productive as it pertains to education of our policy makers and establishing rapport.  Additionally, they asked the task force to lead one of the small groups at the Attorney General's summit that would focus upon quality improvement in medical stabilization of the psychiatric patient in crisis.

This task force continues to make forward progress on not only immediate items facing our patients but also more longitudinal partnerships to establish our physician leaders as subject matter experts with policy makers and elected officials.