St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative (CRI)

St. Cloud Area Response Initiative (CRI) is an early intervention program that provides a coordinated community response to children, birth to age 18, and their families who have experienced any type of trauma or violence. We work with our clients to build resilience after traumatic events and connect them to services that will assist them in reducing the long-term effects of experiencing traumatic events.

The CRI Advocate responds within 24-48 hours of being notified of the traumatic incident. Using a trauma-informed framework focused on safety and empowerment, the CRI Advocate completes trauma assessments, offers coordination of services, and engages in trauma education with families. Because of the partnerships created through the CRI program, families can often receive trauma-informed services within two weeks.

CMMHC has partnerships with St. Cloud School District 742, Stearns County, and the police departments of St. Cloud, Sartell, and Waite Park for referrals to the CRI program.


CRI Partners

Central Minnesota Mental Health Center

St. Cloud, Waite Park and Sartell Law Enforcement Agencies

Stearns, Benton and Sherburne Counties

Anna Marie’s Alliance

Village Family Services

Lutheran Social Services

Caritas-Catholic Charities

Ken Hanna

Creative Connections

True Balance Connections

Medway Services

Northwest Counseling

Ellison Center

Meet Our Providers

Paige McConkey (in blue) – 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.

CRI Impact Quarterly Reports


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CRI Report - Q1 2020

Quarter 1 2020

CRI Report - Q2 2020

Quarter 2 2020

CRI Report Q3 2020

Quarter 3 2020

CRI Report - Quarter 4 2020

Quarter 4 2020


CRI Report - Q3 2019

Quarter 3 2019

CRI Report - Q4 2019

Quarter 4 2019