MN Transition Coalition News - January 25, 2021

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Minnesota Heading Home Alliance - COVID-19 Vaccine Information Resource Toolkit

Vaccine education and sharing accurate information that addresses questions and concerns is one of the most important things we can be doing to prepare for the vaccine roll-out. This is a resource toolkit was designed to organize already created resources into topic areas and make them easy to access to share with the people you work with. Click on the topic below to access resources. Each is organized with high level overview information and deeper dive section to learn more. Some resources touch multiple topics, so you may find the same resource in multiple buckets.

We are continuing to add resources and welcome your additions. If you have a resource to add, please email

Can’t find an answer to your question? If you still have a question after reviewing these resources, email and we will work to get an answer to your question .

DHS Program Updates

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, DHS will begin weekly update calls for advocates, agencies, and others who provide direct service assisting Minnesota residents with food, cash, and housing benefits.

  • Calls will be weekly on Tuesdays from 4-4:30 p.m. and provide information on DHS systems and policy changes with a focus on SNAP, cash programs, housing and resettlement.
  • Calls will include question and answer feedback for questions submitted ahead of each call to
  • General questions will be answered but specific case related questions will need to be handled directly.
  • For language accommodation or to request an interpreter, please call 612-400-3491 or email at least 2 weeks before the call date in order to ensure scheduling availability.

Meeting Information Tuesdays, weekly, beginning January 26, 2021 from 4-4:30 p.m. No registration needed.

Meeting link: Meeting number: 146 375 6179 Password: xF86ibmEA8k

Another way to join:

By phone +1-415-655-0003 United States Toll Access code: 146 375 6179

April 2021 Online Virtual Recovery Coach Academy (RCA) with Ethics

Training Dates / Times: April 19th thru April 24th / 11am to 4pm

Training Location: Virtual/Online Participants must attend all 6 days and complete all pre-work assignments to meet the educational requirements for certification.

Training cost: $650.00 which includes a $150.00 non-refundable deposit. Payments must be received no later than Monday March 15, 2021. This class will be limited to 20 participants and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

This RCA meets all the educational requirements for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential issued by the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB).

To register or for more information please email 

Addressing Historical and Ending Contemporary Racial Inequities

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1-4 p.m. ET

As we continue to grapple with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, we must act to minimize the impact of intergenerational trauma and exacerbated health disparities that have devastating effects on many Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Please join us for a new virtual training, led by Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, National Council’s director of children and trauma-informed services, as we explore the historical and contemporary inequities faced by BIPOC communities, the impacts these inequities have on those we support, the impact on staff, and the trauma-informed, resilience-oriented strategies to employ to address these impacts at the individual, organizational and community level to build a future that promotes healing and resilience.

Participants will be able to:

  • Define intergenerational trauma and complex trauma.
  • Describe the impacts trauma has on individuals, communities, staff, and organizations.
  • Explain three trauma-informed, resilience-oriented strategies to address the impacts.

Register Here

Project ECHO

Every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15

CHI St. Gabriel’s is a part of University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO e-learning model with a goal of educating other rural clinics on opioid and controlled substance topics through multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual clinics with community providers.

CHI St. Gabriel’s Family Medical Center clinic will be the “hub” in the ECHO hub-and-spoke e-learning model and will provide specialized education and collaborative case management for participating clinics–the “spokes” across Minnesota and other states. The Family Medical Center will host weekly virtual teleconferences, which include presentations on a variety of opioid and controlled substance topics such as prescribing practices, community collaboration, pharmacological and physiological effects of prescribed and illicit substances, and buprenorphine clinics in the primary care setting.

More Information Here

Community Health Worker Senior - Transitions Clinic Network (202044)

Hennepin Healthcare is an integrated system of care that includes HCMC, a nationally recognized Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care hospital. The comprehensive healthcare system includes a 484 bed academic medical center, a large outpatient Clinic & Specialty Center, and a network of primary and specialty care clinics in Minneapolis and in suburban communities. Hennepin Healthcare has a large psychiatric program, home care and hospice, and operates a research institute, innovation center and philanthropic foundation.


The current vacancy is full time with benefits, day/evening shift. This is a grant funded position, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The grant dollars are expected to go through April 30, 2024 and the position is not guaranteed to continue when grant ends.

The Transitions Clinic Community Health Worker (CHW) will be responsible for assisting patients and care team members with care coordination activities. The CHW will help patients navigate the healthcare system, understand and connect to resources, eliminate barriers to care, and increase knowledge around self-management and health promotion activities.

This position will specifically provide outreach, navigational services, and care management services to individuals recently released from jail with chronic diseases, including those with opioid and other substance use disorders who receive care at the Transitions Clinic Program in downtown Minneapolis, MN. The CHW will also collaborate with the Site-PI of the grant, Dr. Tyler Winkelman, and other staff members of the Health, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Lab in the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute.

More Information and Link to Apply Here

The Center for Justice and Mental Health Partnerships offers free training, resources, and support to communities wanting to improve outcomes or enhance current responses for people in their criminal justice systems who have a mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder. We help communities safely implement best practices to divert people away from the criminal justice system and connect them to treatment and supports while also promoting public safety.

The training and support center is administered by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

More Information Here

NWICDC- Ombishkaa Reentry Program

​A variety of services and programming available.

We focus on 5 aspects that are essential to recovery from recidivism: Culture, Family/Community, Housing, Transportation and Employment/Education.

For Women's Programming:  1-218-759-2022

Men's Programming:  1-218-370-9036

NWICDC 1819 Bemidji Ave N./ Bemidji, MN 56601

Communication is also available via JPay.

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