St. Cloud Area Co-Responder
St. Cloud Area Co-Responder is a licensed Mental Health Professional who is embedded in a law enforcement setting to respond with crisis intervention trained officers to behavioral health related 911 calls. The Co-Responder functions as part of CMMHC’s Crisis Response Team.
This duo of police officer and Mental Health Professional provide on scene behavioral health evaluations, problem identification, crisis interventions, and treatment planning. The Co-Responder also provides consultation to police officers while responding to mental health related calls.
Referrals are placed for clients when appropriate as a way to link to services and resources such as primary care, housing, social services, mental health treatment, chemical health treatment etc. This position is collaborative with not only law enforcement, but also the emergency department, human services and other community stakeholders.
Meet the Team
Kenzie completed her master’s degree in social work from University of Denver. She graduated with a specialized certificate in animal assisted social work and holds two clinical licensures. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining the CMMHC team in 2020, Kenzie worked for the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Crisis Intervention Response Unit. Her current role at CMMHC is Co-Responder for our Crisis team where she works with the St. Cloud Police Department. Her areas of expertise include crisis intervention, SPMI’s, community education, suicide prevention, working with the homeless population and people with substance use disorders.
Officer Kelly Holden
Kelly Holden is a 2002 graduate of St. Cloud State University where she majored in criminal justice with minors in chemistry and psychology. She was hired as a police officer with the St. Cloud Police Department in 2005. Since then she has worked in numerous assignments within the department including patrol, investigations, CCIT (Community Crime Impact Team), CAPS (Campus Area Police Services), and now back to CCIT as part of the Co-Responder team. In addition to normal duties, she has taken on roles within the department as a SWAT negotiator, CIT officer, and Peer Support member.