St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative (CRI)

St. Cloud Area Response Initiative (CRI) provides a coordinated community response to children, birth to age 18, and their families who have experienced any type of trauma or violence. This program is available to residents of St. Cloud, Sartell and Waite Park. We have partnerships with St. Cloud School District 742 and Stearns County for referrals to the CRI program.

Through the lens of a trauma-informed framework, our CRI advocates, along with police officers, community providers and mental health professionals, work together to support children and families after an experience of violence or trauma.

We work with our clients to build resilience after traumatic events and connect to services that will assist them in reducing the long term effects of experiencing traumatic events.

Referrals are made by the local police departments.


Meet Our Providers

Paige McConkey – BA, MHP

Paige completed his bachelor’s degree in youth ministries at Northwestern College and gained his MHP certification under the supervision of a Mental Health Professional at Bar-None Residential Treatment Center.  He first started with CMMHC providing services and supports for adults with SPMI working for Intensive Community Rehabilitative Services.  He was the initial hire of the St. Cloud Area Response Initiative in March 2014 to coordinate this new pilot program. The Child Response Initiative (CRI) primary role is working primarily alongside of and taking referrals from law enforcement to connect traumatized children and families with Trauma Informed Care services. Paige is intensely passionate about connecting children and families to Trauma Informed Care services to provide hope, help, happiness and healing for their deep hurts and trauma.