MN Transition Coalition News - October 19, 2020

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Temporary staff help is available to residential service providers to cope with staff shortages due to Covid-19 outbreaks

Who: All providers offering residential services
What: May apply for temporary replacement staff for up to 14 days
When: Now thru (December 2020)

Providers of residential services can now request short-term emergency temporary staffing if they’re experiencing a staffing shortage due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at their facility. If deemed eligible, your organization will receive temporary replacement staff for up to 14 days from a third-party staffing agency selected by the State of Minnesota at no cost to the provider. While the State of Minnesota will try to meet providers’ appropriate requests for temporary replacement staffing, the provider retains responsibility for all requirements of their license and continuity of services for their residents.

Emergency Temporary Staffing application for residential service providers:

Eligible Providers: All providers offering residential services in group settings are potentially eligible to request staff from the staffing pool. This program is not limited to providers with a certain license or paid through Medical Assistance. A partial list of types of eligible facilities includes, but is not limited to:

  • those providing Long-term Services and Supports
  • Home Care Providers/Assisted Living Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICFs/DD) Residential Behavioral Health Facilities like those treating substance use and mental illness
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Boarding Care Homes
  • Board and Lodge Homes

Solicitation for Applications: SAMHSA’S GAINS Center Seeks Communities to Develop Trauma-Informed Training Capacity

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system, is soliciting applications from communities interested in developing a capacity to provide trauma-informed training. The GAINS Center is offering a series of Train-The-Trainer (TTT) events to train local trainers to deliver its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training program. The target audiences for this training program are primarily community-based criminal justice system professionals, including law enforcement, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services), court personnel, re-entry staff, as well as human service providers that serve adult justice-involved populations.

To find out more about How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses, please visit SAMHSA’s GAINS Center.