Michael B. Murphy

Michigan Crisis Response Association is mourning the loss of one of its founders.  Sadly, Mike Murphy passed away this summer. Mike was such an integral part of MCRA in Michigan, CISM in Washtenaw County and supported many other teams and organizations benefiting those who experienced traumatic events.  Mike, along with others, saw a need for crisis response in Michigan after the crash of flight 255 near Detroit Metro Airport in 1987.  Out of this tragic crash MCRA was created.  Mike became a trainer for numerous ICISF classes and founded the CISM teams in Washtenaw County (there were originally 2 teams - one for safety service personnel and one for the community which was called TERN - Traumatic Events Response Network).  Along the way he helped create numerous teams including Civil Air Patrol (CAP), school teams in Washtenaw County, and Avalon Housing internal team.

We honor Mike for his years of dedicated service to helping others in need. He will be greatly missed.




The Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA) is a cooperative effort of crisis response teams throughout the State of Michigan.  There are approximately 56 registered teams in Michigan whose membership is comprised of individuals from law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, hospital staff, clergy, educators, and mental health professionals.  MCRA and the annual conference provide training for individuals and team members, further development of new teams, and provide support for established teams.  MCRA is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.



MCRA's mission is to promote, facilitate, and support the activities, operations, and training of agencies and response teams that are involved in critical incident management.

To fulfill this mission the MCRA will: 

·         Assist communities in identifying groups that are at risk of experiencing traumatic stress.

·         Develop training for service providers who would reach out to traumatized groups.

·         Assist communities in developing crisis response plans.

·         Provide support to local resources.

·         Maintain contact with local crisis response teams throughout Michigan. 

MCRA will accomplish this mission in a manner which respects the autonomy of each community and the need for each community to be in control of its own recovery.

For a copy of MCRA's Brochure, click here.


The First Responder Privileged Communication Bill (SB 444) was passed unanimously on February 9, 2016 and was signed into law by Governor Snyder on Tuesday, March 22, 2016!

This legislation legally protects the confidentiality of first responders receiving CISM services from CISM teams.  It also protects the CISM peers/team members that are assisting first responders.  Click her to download/view Senate Bill 444. 

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