MN Transition Coalition News - June 14, 2021

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Rogers Behavioral Health Clinic Tours

We are excited to announce that we are offering free tours of Rogers' clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul to referring providers. Tours at our St. Paul location (576 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 180, Woodbury) will take place on June 8 from 4 to 7 pm, while tours at our Minneapolis location (6442 City West Parkway, Suite 200, Eden Prairie) will take place on June 15 from 4 to 7 pm. To register for a tour, click the link below and select your preferred time. Please be sure to fill in all information requested and click submit. We will follow up with you by email to confirm your tour appointment.    If you don’t see a date/time that fits your schedule, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to schedule a tour on a different day.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Kindly, Kathryn Fitzgerald, MA Outreach representative Rogers Behavioral Health 576 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 180, Woodbury 651-485-5859  


Promoting Justice

A Speaker and Discussion Series hosted by the Ombuds for Corrections

What: Norwegian Based Reforms in North Dakota Corrections When: Tuesday, June 29 Noon - 1:30 How: Zoom and Facebook Live Who: Colby Braun, Director, Facility Operations, North Dakota Department of Corrections. Format: Noon to 1:00pm for presentation. 1:00pm to 1:30pm for questions.

The mission of the OBFC is to promote the highest attainable standards of competence, efficiency, and justice in the administration of corrections. The office will host an ongoing series of speakers and discussions to educate and inform stakeholders and the public about promising practices and relevant issues highlighting people, organizations, models, and ideas that promote the highest standards of justice.

The first guest speaker in this series is Colby Braun. He has worked for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2010, including as Warden of the North Dakota State Penitentiary. He will discuss their efforts to reform correctional practices based on the Norwegian model of incarceration.

The presentation is from noon to 1pm so people are able to return to their day if needed. Questions and discussion will be from 1:00 to 1:30 for those who are able to stay.

Register for the Zoom event here. The Zoom event will also be broadcast on Facebook live from the OBFC Facebook page.

To request reasonable accommodations or for questions, please email


Justice Jam - raising money to fight human trafficking

Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM UNK – 7:00 PM

Join us for our annual Justice Jam event! Hosted by Restoration Church, 503 Polk St., Anoka, MN 5530

Enjoy free live music and participate in our silent auction of handmade goods to raise money to fight human trafficking. All donations will go to Terebinth Refuge, a local shelter and safe home that brings hope, healing services, and freedom to sexually exploited and trafficked women.

Click Here for More Information


Co-occurring OCD and PTSD: Conceptualization, assessment, and treatment

In recognition of PTSD Awareness Month, Rogers Behavioral Health invites you to join us for a free webinar, "Co-occurring OCD and PTSD: Conceptualization, assessment, and treatment." This 90-minute interactive, live presentation will provide intermediate-level practitioners with the opportunity to earn 1.5 CE credits.

Tuesday, June 29, 1 to 2:30 pm ET (12 pm CT / 10 am PT)
Presented by Chad Wetterneck, PhD, and Caitlin Pinciotti, PhD

Co-occurring trauma or PTSD can complicate OCD treatment. To properly address both OCD and PTSD, an evaluation of the traumatic event, themes, and impact is required. To help practitioners address this challenge, this webinar will examine the connections between OCD and PTSD, how to differentiate similar symptoms, and evidence-based treatments.

Click Here to Register


Grant Writing Workshop 1.0

What:  This two-day grant writing and management workshop is FREE for community-based organizations, nonprofits, and small business operators. Participants will learn the basic principles of grant writing, funder prospecting, evaluation, and how to stay in compliance with pre-COVID-19 and new grant management requirements. The workshop is suitable for beginner grant writers and grant administrators.

When:  June 24, 1:00-6:00 p.m. on June 26, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Brooklyn Park CAC, 5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Click Here to Register



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Student Engagement Coordinator

At Paladin Career & Technical High School, a small public charter school in Blaine, MN, it is our belief that building strong relationships is at the core of each student’s educational success. Our mission is to help students realize their own potential and to provide an environment in which they thrive. Our students come from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Paladin is immensely fortunate for its diversity, which enriches the educational process where
individualized programming supports the needs and interests of each student, thereby maximizing the potential for success. With this in mind, students are engaged in their education through a combination of project-based learning, experiential learning, work-based learning, and seminars (short, focused classes). Dedicated advisers, referred to as Student Success Coordinators (SSC’s), build positive relationships supporting student growth as both educators
and role models.

Date of Availability: 2021-2022 School year
Date Closing: Open until filled
Location: Blaine
Job Title: 1.0 FTE Student Engagement Coordinator
Reports To: Executive Director
Department: High School (Grades 9-12 ages 14-21)

Click Here For More Information

To Apply:  Complete the online Paladin Employment Application

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JD Woodcraft Is Hiring

We are a hi-end custom cabinet / millwork shop, we work both commercial and residential markets. We are 42 strong top to bottom and have a fantastic team culture with some of the best talent in the cities.

MILLWORK MACHINE OPERATOR – Good understanding of wood species, cuts, and characteristics. Experience using Gang Rip and Straight-Line Saws, Planers, Jointers, Molders, Shapers and Wide Belt Sanders. Responsibilities, - to produce lineal footage of specified millwork: base trim casing, S4S, crown, etc.

CABINETMAKER / FABRICATOR – Understands and can read fabrication prints, has good understanding of all woodworking tools, both hand and power has good quality standards and attention to detail. This associate would typically work in a team setting and would produce finished fixtures as specified.

CABINET INSTALLER - Would be able to read prints, has good understanding of all woodworking tools, have good construction background and site presence; would take custom cabinets and fixtures, - scribe and fixt to site conditions and install.

GENERAL LABORER – Would perform secondary shop functions; break down dry assembled fixtures and prepare for finish, take finished goods and final assemble, package product, load, ship delivery, etc.

Click Here for More Information and To Apply


Take The Survey: Reentry in the Wake of COVID-19

Community-based reentry service providers have faced countless challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many had to respond to increasing demand, decreases in funding, staff layoffs, and the need to halt services to comply with social distance requirements. One year after we first surveyed the reentry field about their immediate responses to the pandemic, CSG Justice Center is polling the field again. 

Their ten-minute survey seeks to understand what the reentry landscape looks like more than a year into the pandemic and how organizations have adjusted to new demands. Results will be aggregated and shared in July.  

988 Coalition: Implementation of 988 in Minnesota

Beginning in July 2022, a new three-digit phone number – 988 – will be used to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, replacing the current number.  

988 will be a direct line to trained crisis counselors across the nation and will help Americans receive the support they need on a 24/7 basis. Carolina De Los Rios, who oversees the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center at Greater Twin Cities United Way said, “They are only one phone call away to get help- the help that they need.”  

Minnesota currently has four in-state call centers that receive calls from Minnesotans who call  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Greater Twin Cities United Way, FirstCall for Help, FirstLink, and Carver County. In preparation for 988, these centers are training employees, looking for sustainable funding sources, monitoring phone lines, ensuring quality control, and making sure they will be meeting all standards. 

Melanie Warm, the mental health crisis program supervisor for Carver County National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Center said “[988] will transform how mental health and suicide prevention is addressed. It will provide access to individuals who need help. It will be very effective with 911 dispatch integration. The implementation of 988 will destigmatize mental health and get the right help at the right time for individuals.” One thing that both Melanie and Carolina believe will be crucial for 988’s effectiveness is adequate funding for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers as well as for mobile crisis teams to assure the most comprehensive response system is established.  

MDH Suicide Prevention Unit was awarded a grant through Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The grant is being used to plan the implementation of 988 in Minnesota. MDH has formed a coalition in collaboration with the Department of Human Services and community partners across the state to create a strategic plan  to ensure coordination, capacity, funding, and communications when 988 launches. Learn more about 988.  

Minnesotans needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) until 988 is activated. 


New Incentives for Vaccination and Reminder to Join the Weekly Provider Webinar

‘Your Shot to Summer’ COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program 

Last week, Governor Walz announced the ‘Your Shot to Summer’, an incentive program to encourage Minnesotans to get vaccinated with the goal of reaching 70% of Minnesotans age 16 years and older vaccinated by July 1. The first 100,000 people who get their first shot between May 27 and June 30 and sign up for an incentive will be eligible to pick a reward from among a set of options, including various admissions passes and a $25 Visa gift card. The full list of rewards can be found here.

This incentive program is available to all Minnesotans including people experiencing homelessness. To access a reward, you can either fill out the online form or call the vaccine hotline at 833.431.2053. You will need to provide an address where you can currently receive mail; this does not have to be a permanent mailing address. Be sure to provide the same information (name, etc.) that you provided when you got vaccinated to help ensure they can find your information in the vaccination database. Our team is also seeking additional incentive opportunities specifically focused on people experiencing homelessness and welcome your partnership in that. Please reach out if you are aware of or planning to implement additional incentives, and we will share additional information about those opportunities if they become available.


Behavioral Healthcare Providers (BHP) has Begun Accepting Providers into Their Network

Behavioral Healthcare Providers (BHP) has recently begun accepting providers into our network again! As you may know, BHP provides crisis assessments in emergency departments by licensed Mental Healthcare Professionals and we have built a network of community providers to refer patients to that have an outpatient disposition. Over the past year, we have expanded our scheduling service to all of Fairview. Our network of providers is scheduled not only with patients seen in the ED but with Fairview patients at all locations which serves a much larger patient population who need you! 

We have an online scheduling tool that allows us to offer your appointments 24/7 to patients in need and there is no cost to join our network.  If you or any providers from your clinic are interested and accepting new patients, please reach out to me at or Karen Bunde at for more information.

New Residential Treatment Facility

Midwest Recovery has purchased the Azule Opportunities building in Northfield MN and has teamed up with Primer Paso to provide low and medium intensity inpatient services for men. Midwest Recovery will continue offering exceptional English Language services in rural Minnesota and the Primer Paso staff will provide a Spanish language track for clients who would like services in Spanish.

  • 16 Bed Low and Medium Intensity for Men
  • Spanish Language Track
  • Transportation Provided by Midwest Transit
  • Most Major Insurance Carriers Accepted
  • Direct Access Encouraged if Available

Midwest Recovery Northfield
529 Woodley Street W
Northfield, MN 55057


A Workplace Survey on Hiring and Working with People with Criminal Records

It is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 Americans (more than 70 million people) have a criminal record. To address this important issue, SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, and the Charles Koch Institute partnered again to commission additional research on this topic. Using data collected from HR professionals and nationally representative data from C-suite members, managers, and individual contributors, the research presented here provides insights behind the knowledge and perspectives employers and employees have about individuals with criminal records and highlights the shifts observed since 2018.

Read Report Here