About CMMHC

Everyone has mental health. Some need it nurtured; some need it treated. But everyone needs to take care of it.
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ABOUT CMMHC

Everyone has mental health. Some need it nurtured; some need it treated. But everyone needs to take care of it.

Who We Are

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC) is YOUR local community mental and chemical health resource. As a collaborative community serving our region, we’re here to prioritize care and make it accessible to everyone who needs it. We dedicate ourselves to leading the mental and chemical health discussion, impacting lives to create a healthier community.  

CMMHC is Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties’ most comprehensive resource for mental health treatment, training, education, and information and is the region’s only nonprofit Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). We provide a continuum of support that is clinically grounded and trauma-informed. Every integrated treatment or recovery plan respects the uniqueness of the individual in whatever state of their mental health - whether during a time of crisis or when mental health illness, anxiety, depression, stress, substance use, or everyday challenges prevent living the healthiest life possible.

What We Do

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Treatment, Training, Education, and Information are the core components and guiding principles of CMMHC’s work in our communities.

Treatment - As a non-profit community provider of crisis, mental health, and chemical health services, CMMHC offers comprehensive services that are clinically grounded and trauma-informed.

Training - We offer educational programs to create an informed, supportive, and inclusive community that promotes mental and chemical health and addresses the stigma surrounding these topics.

Education - CMMHC provides comprehensive resources for educating the public about mental and chemical health to ensure our community has the resources necessary to live their healthiest lives.

Information - We serve as a mental and chemical health events calendar repository for Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright counties to contribute to a more informed, empathetic, and supportive society. 

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  • Values

    Hope is present in everything we do.

    Our passion drives us to never give up on Clients, the Community, or each other.

    Our person-centered approach creates an environment for healing and recovery.

    We’re stronger together and see challenges as opportunities for collaboration and
    growth.

Our History

CMMHC began in 1959 as a part of a movement to bring mental health services to non-metro regions of the state, where few of these services existed. Our organization was in Minnesota's initial wave of community health centers to meet this vital need.

Services at the original CMMHC location (215 South Third Avenue, St. Cloud) helped individuals in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties in collaboration with St. Cloud Hospital and included emergency service, crisis intervention (including the crisis line), evaluation & diagnosis, and ongoing treatment. CMMHC’s services helped low-income individuals and those unable to access treatment elsewhere.

Since its beginning over 60 years ago, CMMHC has grown to respond to changes and developments in mental and chemical health. Milestones of that journey include:

CMMHC begins providing services in a house in St. Cloud

Formally establishes as a 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit

Becomes a comprehensive mental health center

Adds Wright County to the list of counties served

Receives a federal construction grant to open St. Cloud office

Establishes specialized services for chemical dependency

Develops supports specifically for children’s mental health

Detox opens as a “Receiving and Referral Center”

Outreach offices open in several cities

Focus XII opens as residential support for chemical dependency

Northway Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) opens

Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) starts

Crisis Services begins mobile outreach

Starts Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Services/Administration building opens in Waite Park

Begins Crisis Response Initiative (CRI) services

Celebrates 60 years of service to the community

Launches first co-responder team with St. Cloud PD

Achieves Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) status

Crisis and Detox Center opens in St. Cloud

1959 - CMMHC begins providing services in a house in St. Cloud

1964 - Formally establishes as a 501(c)(3) private not-for-profit

1967 - Becomes a comprehensive mental health center

1967 - Adds Wright County to the list of counties served

1968 - Receives a federal construction grant to open St. Cloud office

1970 - Establishes specialized services for chemical dependency

1971 - Develops supports specifically for children’s mental health

1973 - Detox opens as a “Receiving and Referral Center”

1974 - Outreach offices open in several cities

1975 - Focus XII opens as residential support for chemical dependency

1982 - Northway Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) opens

2000 - Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) starts

2004 - Crisis Services begins mobile outreach

2005 - Starts Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

2010 - Services/Administration building opens in Waite Park

2014 - Begins Crisis Response Initiative (CRI) services

2019 - Celebrates 60 years of service to the community

2020 - Launches first co-responder team with St. Cloud PD

2021 - Achieves Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) status

2022 - Crisis and Detox Center opens in St. Cloud