North Dakota Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program


The focus of this program is to minimize the harmful effects of stress, particularly in crisis or emergency situations. The priorities for this program are to maintain confidentiality and to respect the feelings of the individuals involved. It is not the team’s function to replace ongoing professional counseling, but to provide immediate crisis intervention. (CISM) Program is now housed under the Emergency Preparedness Division


About CISM

The North Dakota CISM Team will provide multi-dimensional management services for emergency services personnel who request it.

A critical incident is any incident, or compilation of incidents, faced by emergency personnel that cause emotional reactions which interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or after the fact in their professional role or in their personal life.

  • We serve all levels of first responders: EMS, fire and rescue, law enforcement, hospital emergency staff, dispatchers, etc. 
  • CISM services are free of charge.
  • We come to your location.
  • The team is comprised of emergency service personnel (peers) and mental health professionals that have receive special training and volunteer their time, energy and resources.

Anybody who sees a need for Critical Incident Stress Management services can activate the system by contacting State Radio (701-328-9921) and requesting the Case Manager.