MN Transition Coalition News - March 22, 2021

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Positioning Women Owned Businesses for Success in Government Contracting

Free half-day seminar aimed at Women-owned businesses Tuesday, March 23

Saint Paul — In celebration of Women's History Month, the Department of Administration’s Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are offering a free half-day webinar targeted for Women-owned businesses.

The online event will take place on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Invited speakers include Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis of the Minnesota Department of Administration and Commissioner Steve Grove from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, (DEED.)

Topics to be covered include:

  • an overview of the state’s contracting with Women-owned businesses,
  • a presentation on doing business with the state,
  • a live demonstration of some of the technology used by the state for registering as a potential provider of goods and/or services,
  • locating and responding to opportunities, and,
  • applying for certification in the state’s Small Business Procurement Program.

Additional invited resources include: The Association of Women Contractors, MnDOT’s Office of Advancing Equity, DEED’s Small Business Development Center, the United States Small Business Administration, the Women’s Business Development Center, and Women Venture.

The day wraps up with “Office Hours” - staff from the OEP and PTAC teams, as well as some of the invited resource partners will be available to answer questions and provide additional information.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT:  Procurement Equity Summit: Positioning Women Owned Businesses for Success in Government Contracting (

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Early Diversion Virtual Learning Community Part 2: Addressing the Critical Need for Housing and Strategies to Overcome Barriers to Improve Housing Access

April 22, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET; discussion group 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Housing is a critical need for individuals experiencing homelessness who are in crisis and at risk for justice involvement. Services alone cannot address the overwhelming disruption homelessness contributes to well-being and health. Barriers to accessing housing include criminalization of homelessness, lack of partnership development, funding issues, and myths and realities related to securing housing. Presenters will address comprehensive strategies to improve housing access, which is key to early diversion.


  • Julia Orlando, Ed.M., M.A., CRC, DRCC, Director of Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, New Jersey
  • Letitia N. Robinson, M.S.W., M.P.A., Assistant State Director of the Office of Supportive Housing, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Register Here

Openings at ANEW's Residential Women's and Outpatient Programs!

High & Medium Residential

We are located in East Saint Paul, MN and can accommodate up to 40 women in our facility. We have an individualized length of stay for our clients that ranges from 30-90 days and involves 20 hours of programing a week. We accept individuals on Suboxone and are partnered with Sage Prairie for medical care, MAT care, and psychiatry. We partner with MN Care Partners to provide yoga, parenting classes, and meal prep classes. We also have acupuncture, drumming, and art therapy. We do not accept women with children in our residential facility, but we do accept pregnant women.

Outpatient for Women and Women with Children

We offer six sober houses that accommodate women and women with children up to age 10. Our sober houses are located in East Saint Paul near our clinic. There are three phases in outpatient that last approximately 12 weeks each and are designed to wean clients out of services at ANEW and into community resources.

For Residential Referrals: Contact our Clinical Director, Jess Koep, at 651.330.4612 or
For Outpatient Referrals or Sober Housing: Contact us at 651.600.3955 or Sharon Huffman
Referrals Can Also Be Faxed To: 651.493.7057


ASAM Live Training opportunity for the 1115 SUD System Reform Demonstration

ASAM Live is a four-part online consultation series led by experts in American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. It is designed to help behavioral health providers use ASAM criteria in their practice and answer any questions or concerns that come up in their work.


  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021


  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT


  • ASAM criteria
  • Case study discussions
  • Program development


  • Behavioral health providers interested in learning how to practice with ASAM
  • SUD providers interested or planning to enroll in the 1115 SUD System Reform Demonstration are encouraged to participate


Registration for each session is open until that day’s start time

 Additional Details

ASAM Live is the third component in a collaboration with Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC), the University of Nevada, Reno Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (UNR-CASAT) and the National Frontier and Rural Telehealth Education Center (NFARtec).

The Fundamentals of ASAM: Navigating Levels of Care webinar recording and presentation are available under the “Trainings” tab on the 1115 SUD System Reform Demonstration webpage.

For more information email,, or visit the 1115 SUD System Reform Demonstration webpage.


NUWAY – St. Cloud Counseling Center

Intensive outpatient treatment for adults experiencing substance use and mental health disorders

NUWAY®, Minnesota’s largest non-profit extended care treatment provider, has been fulfilling the mission of recovery in supportive environments since 1966. NUWAY uses evidence-based practices and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

To learn more about NUWAY treatment and programming, please contact Jake Lewis at 763-390-0107 or


Naloxone/Narcan trainings online


Sheriff David Hutchinson recently announced online classes about the dangers of opioids, signs of addiction, treatment options, the proper administration of Naloxone, and more. This class will be offered multiple times for free and is open to all.

The next sessions are March 30th, April 13th, and April 27th.  These sessions will include training on how to properly administer Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan®, a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. Funding for the classes has been provided through grants from the Minnesota Department of Health. All sessions will be taught by licensed alcohol and drug counselor Randy Anderson, founder of Bold North Recovery and Consulting.

This new class is the latest tool in the HCSO’s on-going efforts to battle opioid addiction during the pandemic. Since COVID-19 has prevented so many in-person events, the HCSO is also mailing Deterra drug disposal bags and hosting online Naloxone training.

To join a session of the opioid awareness class or request a free Deterra drug disposal bag, send an email to


Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) online events

Please join Metropolitan State University for the first of this year’s Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) online events. Our theme for 2021 is From Mental Illness to Public Wellness.

On Friday, April 16, from 8:45am-11:45am, we will hear from Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, and engage in discussion of the issues and suggestions she brings forward. Registration is FREE and we look forward to your participation!

The URMI 2021 series will address the criminalization of those with mental health disorders and where we need to direct our organizing and activism. US jails and prisons have become de facto psychiatric holding facilities, with as many as half of incarcerated individuals dealing with mental illness. In part one of the series, author Alisa Roth will provide an in-depth look at her investigation into this urgent yet largely hidden crisis. Ms. Roth will give an inside view of the crisis as it has played out across the country, show how it relates to the broader phenomenon of mass incarceration, and outline her thoughts on promising reform strategies. Following her talk, we will gather in circle discussions to address plans for action.

Hosted by Metropolitan State University's School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Human Services Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Therissa Libby, PhD (she/her) at For all media inquiries, contact Robert Boos, Public Relations Coordinator, at 651-793-1818 or If you need disability-related accommodations to make this event accessible, contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or

Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI) can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Like and Share the Facebook Event Page, and let us know if you're Interested or Going! 



State of Minnesota Department of Corrections


Project Coordinator: Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

PROJECT NAME: Project Coordinator for the Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

DETAILS: The Juvenile Justice Reform Unit of Department of Corrections requests proposals for a contracted position of one full time Project Coordinator for the Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. The Project Coordinator will report to the Director of Juvenile Justice Reform on at least a weekly basis.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the Minnesota Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (MJJMHCP). MJJMHCP is an interagency and cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for youth with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring MI and substance abuse (CMISA) who encounter the juvenile justice system.

The goal of this program, through the work of the Program Coordinator is to support public safety efforts through partnerships with juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse agencies to enhance responses to justice-involved youth with MI and CMISA.

Work is anticipated to start on, or after, June 1, 2021

COPY REQUEST: To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, please send a written request, by email to or follow this link:

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals in this advertisement must be received via email no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday, April 19, 2021. Proposals must be sent electronically, as mailed copies will not be accepted. Late proposals will not be considered. This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

Click Here for More Information

Student Contractor with US Probation and Pretrial Office

Vacancy Number: 2021-07 (Amended)
Vacancies and Type: Full-time. Temporary. More than one position may be filled by this vacancy announcement.
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Classification and Salary Range: CL-21 $24,144 to $39,253

Open Date: March 19, 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by Friday, April 9, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.
Area of Consideration: Open to all applicants.

Explore the field of Federal Probation and Pretrial Services by assisting officers with conducting investigations, verifying background information, and providing administrative assistance to the Location Monitoring, and Drug/Alcohol/Mental Health Specialists.

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Employment Opportunities within Leech Lake Gaming

We have many positions where someone with a record could obtain employment. With roughly 220 different jobs, the only area someone with a Felony or Gross misdemeanor could not operate is in our “key” positions (Blackjack, Table Games, Slots etc), These positions are regulated by the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (NIGA). Our non-key positions (cook, guest room attendant, grounds etc.) are certainly available, when selecting a position to apply for, it will state in the job description whether the position is Key or non-key... which leads me on HOW to apply.

To obtain a position with Leech Lake Gaming and its eight properties, a candidate can apply on any of our websites (Cedar Lakes, Northern Lights, White Oak, Shingobee) by clicking on the “career opportunities” page. Applicants are able to complete this  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Direct link to the postings: Click here to find an awesome job


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With First Executive Order, Gov. Walz Establishes ‘One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity’

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed his first executive order, establishing the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. In an effort to include voices from all different backgrounds, the order builds on a council formed by Governor Mark Dayton and expands its scope to address geographic diversity as well as important considerations around equity in Minnesota.
“My first executive order will help ensure every action by our administration is done through the lens of One Minnesota,”said Governor Walz. “Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography, and economic status, keep our entire state from reaching its full potential. If we are going to address these challenges, we must work hand-in-hand with the communities themselves. This council will help give a voice to all Minnesotans, whether they live on the East Side of St. Paul or in East Grand Forks.”
“One Minnesota does not mean we are all the same,” Lieutenant Governor Flanagan said. “One Minnesota means we work across lines of different to improve lives. The essence of this council is that people most affected by policy at the Capitol should be included in those decisions. It’s what we campaigned on and now we are demonstrating that it’s how we will govern.”

Please find a copy of the signed Executive Order here



Available Funding Reminder: Capacity Building Intermediary Program

There is still time to apply for Minnesota Housing's Capacity Building Intermediary Program! The Capacity Building Intermediary Program is a resource for organizations to provide technical assistance and/or pass-through financial assistance to communities. The goal of the Intermediary Program is to help develop and strengthen the capacity of communities, stakeholders and organizations operating in the housing planning, community and program development, and community engagement arenas. We will fund organizations with demonstrated subject matter knowledge to provide high quality technical assistance covering a variety of housing-related issues and/or to administer financial assistance to organizations and communities in need of additional support to meet community housing goals and needs. 

Intermediary Grantees are important partners alongside Minnesota Housing in building capacity so that we can build communities where everyone can thrive. Funding intermediaries supports our strategic priority of strengthening disinvested communities, empowering communities to co-develop solutions and diversifying the partners with which we work. Intermediaries provide both the tailored technical assistance and the targeted engagement necessary to provide communities with the tools to help assess and address their housing needs. The work of intermediaries is critical to building and sustaining a community’s capacity not only through increased knowledge, but through the creation of new collaborations and strengthening existing community networks aligned to address its housing needs.  We want intermediaries to work in partnership with communities and to use their collective knowledge and creativity to co-develop strategies that work for communities.

Minnesota Housing will accept proposals that seek to build the capacity of organizations and communities across the state of Minnesota, with a focus on reaching the people and places most impacted by housing instability and disparities. Successful applications must demonstrate the ability to provide technical assistance and/or financial assistance through pass-through funding to organizations and communities in need of that support to reach their housing goals.

We have allocated up to $250,000 for this initiative. We will provide up to $55,000 per grantee for an eighteen-month contract period. The program will provide funding to intermediaries to provide technical assistance and/or administer pass-through grants to develop and strengthen the capacity of communities, stakeholders and organizations in housing planning, program development and engagement activities.  

Application Materials and Instructions

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 16, 2021.

Complete the application and attachments and email to Write “2021 CAPACITY BUILDING INTERMEDIARY APPLICATION” in the subject line. 

If you need an accommodation to apply, please contact Alyssa Wetzel-Moore via email at or by phone at 651.263.1453.


  • Application deadline: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Finalist interviews: March 26 and March 27, 2021
  • Applicants informed of funding decisions beginning May 27, 2021

Eligible Applicants

  • Tax-exempt nonprofits
  • Tribal governments and tribal corporate entities
  • Collaborations, if lead partner is a qualified applicant

Eligible Uses

Funds are intended to support efforts to build the capacity of organizations, communities, and/or local jurisdictions to meet community housing goals and needs. Funding should be used to provide direct technical assistance and/or financial support to organizations and communities.

Some examples of eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  • Community planning activities such as convening a variety of local stakeholders to identify housing needs and priorities, inform them about development processes, and creating a housing development plan.
  • Convene regional housing providers to create a regional market study and assess housing needs.
  • Provide technical assistance to a community-based organization to increase organizational capacity to engage in housing development and planning activities through strengthening internal policies and technical skills.
  • Provide technical assistance and pass-through financial assistance to assist a community-based organization to become certified as a Community Housing Development Corporation.
  • Pass-through funding to hire a consultant for a housing-related need. 


If you have questions about the Capacity Building Intermediary Program, would like to discuss your ideas for an application or request an accommodation, please contact Alyssa Wetzel-Moore at