MN Transition Coalition News - May 17, 2021

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Want to become a NURSING ASSISTANT?

Ebenezer is offering a Free Nursing Assistant Class, a competitive wage while you are taking the two week course, and immediate job placement into a position with one of Ebenezer’s skilled nursing facilities in either Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, or Burnsville

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Great professional development opportunities in May and June!

Take a look and join us for ECHO sessions and the Friday Forum on May 21!

Friday Forum

The 6th Judicial District’s DWI Treatment Court’s Restorative Justice-Based, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Program, Judge Michelle Anderson, JD and Aleesha Ward from the Treatment Courts in Virginia/the Iron Range Mary Jo Katras, Ph.D., Amy Fogarty, DNP, Viann Nguyen-Feng, PhD, MPH May 21, 2021 (9:00 – 11:00 am)

The 6th Judicial District Treatment Courts, Yara Yoga, and the University of Minnesota partner to deliver trauma-sensitive yoga to DWI treatment court participants.  Treatment courts seek to break the cycles of addiction and crime through accountability and improved access to services.  Rather than facing jail time, DWI courts offer a restorative justice approach to individuals charged with or convicted of impaired driving crimes.  Participants receive opportunities to engage in substance abuse treatment, therapy, and programs that support recovery.  This presentation provides background information regarding the use of trauma-sensitive yoga in the courts as well as a discussion of applications.

We will define trauma-sensitive yoga and its existing research, delivery, trainings, strengths, and challenges.  We will provide information in the context of a mind-body program introduced at entry into the DWI Treatment Court.  Participants attend a somatic, trauma-sensitive yoga or mindfulness session prior to weekly court hearings.

We will also provide program evaluation results.  Assessments included positive and negative affect, practice quality, and at-home practice frequency.  Correlations showed increases in practice quality, positive affect, and home practice as well as decreases in negative affect.  Based on these findings, the incorporation of trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness into the DWI Court continues to be feasible and effective.

We will discuss how to:

  1. Extend usual treatment procedures to adapt a trauma-sensitive yoga program that incorporates a holistic approach treatment
  2. Integrate program evaluations to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a mind-body practice in a treatment center
  3. Build partnerships between community organizations, courts, and universities to improve treatment options.

Ongoing support for the project comes from a University of Minnesota SAMHSA grant.  Using a recovery capital framework, the University takes an upstream prevention approach and engages with community partners to build effective and sustainable systems that expand understanding and options for treatment.


  • Participants will discover how and why trauma-sensitive yoga was integrated into the treatment court model
  • Participants will learn about trauma-sensitive yoga interventions and how to incorporate these interventions into programming
  • Participants will learn how to conduct program evaluations of trauma-sensitive yoga interventions
  • Participants will learn how community partnerships offer opportunities for collaboration, program enhancement, and sustainability

TIME: Forums begin at 9:00 a.m. and are 2 hours in length.

COST: $25 per session / $10 for students, interns and peer support workers(Promo Code = studentinternpeer)

CEU’S: Wayside is an approved continuing education provider by the Minnesota Boards of Social Work, Behavioral Health and Marriage and Family Therapy.

QUESTIONS CONTACT: Rebecca Buller at


ECHO Offerings - FREE

  • May 13 – PS ECHO – Peer Support in Treatment Courts, Ali Clements, Noon – 1:00 PM
  • May 20 – WWS ECHO  - “Life by the Drop,” Richard Moldenhauer, MS, LADC/LPCCICADC,  This presentation will review substance use disorder treatment admissions patterns in Minnesota 1995-2019, Noon – 1:00 PM
  • May 25 -  White Earth Nation – MOMs Program, Julie Williams, Community Behavioral Health Administrator, Noon – 2:00 PM
  • May 27 – PS ECHO – JustUs  Health, Rik Kutcher, Noon – 1:00 PM
  • June 3 – WWS ECHO – Opioids and Human Trafficking, Laura Palombi, Pharm D, MPH, MAT, Mel Alvar
  • June 10 – PS ECHO – Peer Support in the BIPOC community, Marc Johnigan, Noon – 1:00 PM
  • June 17 – WWS ECHO - Opioid Education & Narcan Training, Randy Anderson, BA, RCP, LADC, Everyone should learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and know how to save a life. If you have been previously trained – come for a refresher – be ready when needed! Noon – 1:00 PM
  • June 24 – PS ECHO – Family Peer Support, Pam Lanhart, Noon – 1:00 PM

To be added to the invitation list for any ECHO – email


Grant Writing Readiness:  It Takes a Team!

June 14-24, 2021 Webinar Series

Mondays/Tuesdays/& Thursdays - June 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, & 24 2021 at  1:00-3:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time

A Zoom Meeting (the link will be sent to registrants)

To Register:

Fee:  $360/participant

Workshop Description:  Resource development is more critical than ever.  Many organizations still function under a solo practitioner model of grant writing.  Invest in your agency’s capacity and be intentional about building your organization’s grant writing team during this continuing work from home period.  Make your organization 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 to understand how reviewers think
  • 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

Visit to register. 

Virtual Criminal Expungement Clinic

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  People request an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of a criminal incident that shows up on a background check.  Attend a virtual informational session via Microsoft Teams to learn more about the expungement process and have general questions answered by attorneys.  Registration is required.  Expungement court forms will be provided to all registrants. The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance.


MN Admin



Free webinar to help Asian American/Pacific Islander-owned businesses sell goods and services to government


Online event set for Thursday, May 27

Saint Paul — The Minnesota Department of Administration’s Office of Equity in Procurement (OEP) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are offering a half-day webinar targeted for Asian American/Pacific Islander-owned businesses in celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month.

This free event, Procurement Equity Summit: Positioning Asian Pacific American Owned Businesses for Success in Government Contracting, will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Invited speakers for this event include Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis from the Minnesota Department of Administration, and Commissioner Steve Grove from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Topics include an overview of the state’s contracting with AAPI-owned businesses, how to do business with the state, a live demonstration of some of the technology used for registering as a provider, locating and responding to opportunities, and applying for certification in the state’s Small Business Procurement Program.

Invited resource partners include MnDOT’s Office of Advancing Equity, DEED’s Small Business Development Center, the Asian Economic Development Association, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Hmong Chamber of Commerce, and the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council.

The webinar wraps up with “Office Hours,” with resource partners and staff from the OEP and PTAC teams available to answer questions and provide additional information.

REGISTER HERE:  Procurement Equity Summit: Positioning AAPI Owned Businesses for Success in Gov't Contracting (


Work at MDVA

The needs of Minnesota Veterans do not diminish during this time, and MDVA needs staff to serve and care for our Veterans. We have a significant need for Certified Nursing Assistants and Resident Assistants in our Veterans Homes.

Working for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is a rewarding career with great State of Minnesota Benefits. If you know anyone seeking a fulfilling career supporting Minnesota Veterans and their families, please encourage them to explore opportunities with MDVA.

Interested in working at MDVA? You can sign-up here to receive employment information directly from our Human Resources department.

A full listing of positions can be found at the Minnesota Careers website. Some of our current job openings include:

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MN ADOPT Job Posting: HELP Program Specialist

MN ADOPT was founded in 1980 with the primary goal of finding homes for Minnesota children in foster care. Today, our mission is to find and strengthen Minnesota adoptive, foster and kinship families.

The MN ADOPT HELP Program is adding another HELP Program Specialist to their team. This position is a Full-Time, 40-hour per week position. Candidates from across Minnesota are encouraged to apply. Our staff in Greater Minnesota work remotely with occasional travel to our St. Paul office and staff in the Twin Cities metro area work out of our St. Paul office with the ability to work at home part-time, if desired. All MN ADOPT staff are temporarily working remotely with a tentative office reopening of September 2021.

More Information Here


MN Construction Crew 7th Annual Union Construction Contractors and Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Career Fair

June 9, 2021 at 2:00-4:00 PM CST

Recruiting workers to work on construction projects in the metro and on statewide projects.

More Information Here

Tech Dump Is Hiring

We currently have open positions in our sorting and teardown areas (both through our program and staff) as well as on our truck team.

We are also seeking a Senior Warehouse Coordinator (staff position only).

MDH is hiring for a director of the Center for Health Equity (Job ID 45631)

Application Deadline: June 7, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health invites candidates apply for the director position for the Center for Health Equity.

This position will lead the Center for Health Equity and will work with internal and external stakeholders direct the development, implementation and evaluation of efforts to advance health equity in Minnesota. These efforts include:

  • Engaging communities to address structural racism and inequities that contribute to health disparities.
  • Increasing cultural understanding.
  • Deepening relationships with communities and engaging residents in decision-making.
  • Working across the agency to advance health equity in all of MDH's activities.
  • Communicating key points about data on health and health disparities and inequities.
  • Creating health for all Minnesotans by encouraging a health in all policies approach that recognizes and addresses the root causes of health inequity.

This position will also oversee staff in accordance with the terms of collective bargaining agreements, department policies, and good principles of supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Management or related field AND two years of experience as a manager or supervisor of professional staff in a public health or human services program.


  • Bachelor's degree in one of the above listed fields AND three years of experience as a manager or supervisor of professional staff in a public health or human services program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Management or related field.
  • Knowledge of and experience in eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity.
  • Demonstrated ability to be culturally competent and sensitive.
  • Knowledge and awareness of history and how it relates to health equity, and the impact of historical and current trauma on various groups.
  • Proven experience to effectively work in a diverse work environment that is multi-cultural and multi-lingual. 
  • Experience with racially and ethnically diverse coalitions or groups working to achieve a common agenda.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with a minority-led organization. 
  • Ability to prepare and direct the preparation of budgets, and the ability to analyze financial reports. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate in a variety of settings and with diverse groups.

Additional Requirements

  • Must successfully pass a background check.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Careers website.



American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: State and Local Leaders' Guide to Advancing Justice-Related Goals

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan offers an unprecedented opportunity for state and local leaders to invest in public health and safety programs and promote stronger, more equitable communities. Our new resource, American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Guide to Advancing Justice-Related Goals, outlines need-to-know information about how states and local communities can leverage funding to advance eight key criminal justice priorities, such as: 

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MAC-V SpringForward MN 2021

Inspired by the generosity shown by our community in 2020, MACV is excited to launch a brand-new spring giving campaign for Veterans in need across Minnesota. Funds from campaigns like SpringForward directly fuel our mission to end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota, driving impacts such as:

  • 317 Veterans accessed shelter through MACV by staying in hotels over the last year. 
  • 23,599 nights paid by MACV to keep Veterans safe and off the streets. 
  • 156 Veterans exited hotels to live in long-term or transitional housing. 

We have made incredible headway addressing the challenges faced by Veterans affected by COVID-19 and chronic homelessness throughout Minnesota. But more work remains, as 70 Veterans still await a long-term solution to their housing crisis while staying in shelters and hotels. Each of these Veterans will likely require $1,667 in financial support to exit temporary shelter into a long-term housing arrangement.

Will you help create a bridge between Minnesota’s homeless Veterans and stable housing?

Click here to help end Veteran homelessness!