MN Transition Coalition News - February 8, 2021

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Global Career Development Facilitator / Certified Career Services Provider training

We are pleased to announce Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)/Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) training for staff at your organization in Spring 2021! This course is for any staff member at your organization who needs to obtain this credential. Registration to take this course is open now and available here. Please register no later than February 5, 2021.

Training will cost $1,300 per participant and materials will be provided. Payment is due no later than Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Training will be held Virtually via Zoom. All participants must have access to reliable technology and ability to attend all virtual meetings. The course includes 6 synchronous sessions virtually via Zoom, as well as outside class time utilizing a learning management system and other assigned work.

Specific details are available on our website - please share with your networks as you see fit!

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Alana Stimes or Eric Branson at

Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting Presents:

Grant Writing Readiness: Building Your Team’s Capacity

Feb. 16-25, 2021 Webinar Series; Tu./Wed./& Th. – Feb. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2021

1:00-3:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time, A Zoom Meeting (the link will be sent to registrants)

Fee: $360/participant

Workshop Description: Resource development is more critical than ever. Be intentional about building your organization’s grant writing team during this continuing work from home period. Make your grant writing capacity more sustainable for the long-term. Help your agency’s administrative staff and program managers understand how to support your resource development efforts and build your capacity to generate more income to support your important work. What participants will learn:

  • Understand the components of a competitive grant
  • Discover where you can be uniquely effective to support your organization’s grant capacity
  • Develop clear budgets & budget narratives
  • Learn the ranking, scoring, & review process – and what this means for how you structure grants!
  • Review effective logic models and workplans
  • Discuss how to make “the right ask” and research funding opportunities
  • Make a strong case for operating funding
  • Understand grant program evaluation & how to build this into your budget request
  • Read, score, & participate in a live grant review panel
  • Develop your plan to build lasting relationships with funders
  • Build your agency’s grant submission team – so you have capacity even if you lose a key person to sickness, surgery, or family leave

To Register:

new leaf

Virtual Online New Leaf Workshop for Justice Involved Individuals

You will learn:

  • How to respond to questions related to your offense
  • How to discover your unique job skills and talents
  • Ban-the-Box & Mn Statute Laws Impact, Tax Credit
  • Bonding, Background Checks, Expungement Information

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This Workshop is open ONLY to Justice Involved Individuals
Must register on-line at:

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

"The people vs. recidivism: how to help returning citizens succeed"

After 26 years of incarceration, Julius has returned home a better rather than bitter man. His transformation while in the criminal justice system was driven by his earnest desire for rehabilitation and his faith. During his time in prison he pursued higher education, graduating from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry. In addition, he has added a host of necessary skill sets to his tool belt (i.e., mentoring, compassionate coaching, and motivational speaking). Since his release he has continued in his passion of encouraging, educating, and empowering others to finish strong.

Here's a 10-minute intro video about Julius

And here's his 13-minute TEDx talk

Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is hosting a virtual rally

for Second Chance Day on the Hill

Join us for the virtual rally from 12-1pm on February 23 then for virtual visits with your legislators February 23rd or 24th.

We will also be doing a training on February 19th about the legislative priorities and how to speak to your legislators, if you are interested.

Register here for the Rally.              Register here for Legislative Visits.             Register here for Trainings.

Policy Fellowship

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, to address the challenge of special interest money in our politics, to end mass incarceration, and to advance constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. For more information about the Center, visit our website:

Position: This Fellowship attempts to bring to bear the voices of those with lived experience in our nation’s correctional facilities through writing, media and public events, or advising policy work.

How the Fellowship works:

  • The position is a one-year, nonresident fellowship.
  • The fellow will bring ideas and experience to the Brennan Center’s mission to end mass incarceration and expose the associated social and economic costs. Examples of policy issues for exploration during the fellowship year include reforms associated with services available during incarceration; challenges related to public health in prisons and jails; employment, housing, or education assistance upon re-entry; bail or parole; or other systemic issues.
  • The work will include writing or media projects of the fellow’s choosing that align with the organization’s policy objectives. It may include: writing short articles and/or longform essays, participating in events (virtual and eventually in-person), and collaborating with staff on research and or policy reports.
  • It is anticipated the fellow will spend roughly 10-15 hours per month on the aforementioned work. Fellow will receive a stipend of $20,000.

Qualifications: The prospective fellow must be committed to criminal justice policy reform, leveraging their lived experience with correctional facilities toward this end. Experience with writing and public speaking are required.

Applications: Applications must be submitted by Feb 28, 2021. No phone calls please. We will not contact applicants until after the deadline has passed. Please upload the following to:

  • Cover letter or statement of interest (no more than 1-2 pages) that outlines writing or public speaking experience and demonstrates commitment or interest in policy reform;
  • Resume or a short work sample (writing or video from a public event);
  • Contact information for two references.


   Job Openings with The U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office, District of MN   


Department Position Title City, State
Community Intervention Community Resource Specialist MN
Operations Procurement and Contract Specialist Minneapolis, MN
Probation Administration Department Data Quality Administrator Minneapolis, MN
Probation Administration Department Administrative Support Staff Coordinator Minneapolis, MN
United States Probation Officer Drug, Alcohol, and Treatment Specialist (DATS) Minneapolis, MN
United States Probation Officer U.S. Probation Officer Minneapolis, MN

More Information and Apply Here


After the Sentence, More Consequences: A National Report of Barriers to Work

by Chidi Umez and Joshua Gaines

The negative effects of a conviction rarely end when a person has completed their criminal sentence. A complex web of local, state, and federal statutes and regulations—known as collateral consequences of conviction—can make it all but impossible for some people with criminal records to truly rebuild their lives. While these consequences can affect everything from housing to public benefit eligibility, no area is more impacted than the ability to find and retain meaningful employment. Some of these barriers to work may be responsive to legitimate public safety concerns, but many others pose unnecessary barriers to employment opportunities that are critical in reducing recidivism and supporting the long-term success of people in the justice system.

In this report, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center presents a national overview of the scope, features, and operation of the employment-related collateral consequences imposed by state and federal law. The data were gathered from the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC), a searchable online database that catalogs these provisions across the country. This analysis also provides a blueprint for policymakers seeking to mitigate the impact of these increasingly significant barriers to work.

Read Report Here


Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF)


The Minnesota Office of Justice Programs is the administering agency for these coronavirus response
funds awarded to the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) through the federal CARES Act for these
Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding grants. CESF provides funding to prevent, prepare for, and
respond to coronavirus to agencies operating across the criminal justice system. Grants will be awarded
on a reimbursement only basis.

Eligible applicants are local units of government including cities (including regional governance bodies),
counties, townships, and tribal governments, nonprofits and state agencies serving populations currently
involved in the criminal/juveniles justice system. Agencies must be able to quickly complete final grant
negotiations, required certifications, and signatures.

More Information Here

Bridges Rental Assistance -Upcoming Request For Proposals

Minnesota Housing, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Behavioral Health Division, will be accepting applications for funding for the Bridges and Bridges Regional Treatment Center (RTC) Programs.

Minnesota Housing has been authorized to operate rental assistance programs for people with mental illness. The Bridges and Bridges RTC programs provide temporary rental assistance, security deposits, and access to housing supports and supportive services in accordance with Minnesota legislation that authorizes and appropriates funds under the provision of Minn. Stat. sections 462A.2097 and Minnesota Session Laws of 2015, chapter 71, article 7, sec. 25, Stat. § 256.478.

For the Bridges and Bridges RTC programs, the funded agencies will establish a rental housing assistance program for low-income people with mental illness. Rental assistance may be in the form of direct rental subsidies, security deposits, damage claims, vacancy payments, application fees, and utility connection fees for housing.

Bridges has expanded who is eligible by expanding the priority population definition, to the following:

  1. People living in an institution, segregated setting, or under correctional supervision who will be homeless upon exit.

Minnesota Housing is reaching out to organizations with experience providing services and/or rental assistance to households that are justice involved. If you are interested please contact Ellie Miller-

Eligible Applicants
Current Bridges and Bridges RTC administrators, and new applicants are eligible to apply for funding if they meet the requirements listed below.

Eligible Bridges and Bridges RTC applicants must be a housing agency (HA), tribal nation or nonprofit organization with demonstrated experience working with low-income housing programs and with people exiting institutions, segregated settings, and supervised release. In order to be eligible, the application must also include documentation of a partnership with a Local Mental Health Entity (LMH Entity) that will collaborate with the Bridges administrator to implement the program. The partnership must also identify behavioral health service partners that can and are committed to serve Bridges participants in the service area.

An LMH Entity can be:

  • A Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) operating under the authority of the county
  • A tribal nation mental health agency operating under the authority of the tribal government
  • An Adult Mental Health Initiative, which is a collaboration of county LMHAs and/or a tribal nation mental health agency that provides or enhances coordination of the delivery of mental health services required under the Minnesota Adult Mental Health Act

If you are interested please contact Ellie Miller-


$2.5 billion to renew existing grants for more than 6,500 community-based housing and service providers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation. HUD's Continuum of Care (CoC) grants will provide critically needed support to 6,597 local programs on the front lines of serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. See local impact of funding below.

Due to the pandemic, the funding announced today renews grants for existing programs. This process was dramatically streamlined because communities have been and will continue to be consumed with COVID-19 response and have limited capacity to participate in the traditional CoC competition.

"HUD wants to ensure that thousands of local homeless assistance providers continue to receive federal funds needed to provide stable housing for people experiencing homelessness during these trying times," said Acting HUD Secretary Matt Ammon. "Renewing these grants not only offers relief to our local partners but it allows Continuums of Care to continue their work to end homelessness and help keep our most vulnerable neighbors off the streets.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide funding without diverting the attention of communities from the vital work of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the pandemic,” said James Arthur Jemison, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

HUD’s Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, located in sheltering programs, or at imminent risk of experiencing homeless. Each year, HUD serves more than a million people through emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent housing programs.

View a complete list of all the state and local homeless projects awarded funding on HUD’s website.