MN Transition Coalition News - June 28, 2021

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Dismantling Systems of Harm: Racial Trauma in the Classroom and in the Clinic

July 1 at 9:00am-Noon

Description: July is BIPOC mental health awareness month.  This event will focus specifically on racial trauma and how it relates to BIPOC children’s mental health in particular.  There is a gap in current pedagogy and clinical practice standards that creates gaps in learning, development and growth.  With current practices as is, we are losing our youth and reinforcing historical racial trauma. This presentation will provide teachers and clinicians with the tools necessary to deconstruct current harmful practices and build a culture that is trauma informed and promotes healthy development for our most vulnerable youth.

Learning Objectives- After this event you will gain an understanding of:

  • The history of racial trauma in the classroom and healthcare settings
  • The biology of trauma and why this matters in the classroom and in treatment
  • What you as a teacher or healthcare provider can do about it
  • Resources for ongoing learning/application

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Community Meditation

Karuna Community MN we envision mindfulness tools being accessible to all people as instruments of individual healing, ways to build community, restore justice, and reduce recidivism and incarceration. 

One way we do this is by offering virtual meditation to ALL - ALL year round. And we do mean ALL. No mindfulness or meditation experience is required. You only need to show up. Each meditation session is guided by one of our trauma informed instructors - including but not limited to various breathing, centering, and visionary exercises. Cameras on/off and conversation is optional. Sessions run about 15-20 minutes with welcome, guided meditation, and opportunity for sharing and conversation. 

Meditation benefits are numerous: reduces stress and anxiety, improves symptoms of depression, relieves pain, promotes better sleep, boosts memory, sharpens focus and concentration, and supports cardiovascular health. AKA: mediation can improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 

Invite your coworkers, friends, family, neighbors and join us Tuesdays at noon and/or Saturdays at 8:30am (Central Time)!

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup Opportunity

The Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) and our partners are committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to all efforts in ending veteran homelessness in Minnesota. MDVA has engaged with Racial Equity Partners (REP) to create a workgroup that will meet quarterly over the next year to shape our racial equity work.

If you are interested in participating in the Racial Equity Workgroup, please note the following:

  • The REP team will facilitate the workgroup meetings with participants from across the state.
  • We are seeking individuals who are passionate about racial equity and interested in exploring strategies to understand diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • We are particularly interested in participation by 15-20 individuals who identify as Black, Brown, Indigenous, or people of color, 4 veterans with lived experience—not to exceed up to a year post homelessness, individuals at all levels of  your organizational structure, geographic location throughout the state of MN, and sexual orientation.
  • The workgroup's purpose is to develop a more profound and richer information about the culture within our organization, understand the experiences of staff on the front lines of our work, and hear what is most important to you to see MDVA take up on the path to being an antiracist organization. 
  • Meetings will be scheduled during work hours. The workgroup meetings will last 3 hours and will initially take place on a computer or phone, using Zoom. We may consider face to face meetings in the future. 

Workgroups are scheduled for the 3rd Monday of each quarter beginning in July following dates. All meeting will be from 1 – 4 pm CT. 

  • July 19, 2021
  •  October 18, 2021
  • January 24, 2022
  • April 18, 2022

In addition to participating in these quarterly meetings, you can expect to have an additional 3-5 hours of workgroup activity each quarter (12-20 hours/year).

If you are interested in joining our workgroup and can be available during these times, please submit 2-3 sentences on why you would like to participate in this group to: 

Virtual Expungements and Pardons CLE and Clinic

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

On June 29, 2021, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Minnesota Coalition of Bar Associations of Color will be hosting a free expungements and pardons CLE and clinic. Participating attorneys will be eligible to handle pro bono expungement matters following the CLE and training.

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Housing Best Practices Forum


DHS and MDH will answer your questions, outline steps you can take

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health invite you to a WebEx about ways to encourage and support your clients in being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The event is set for 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, June 28.


Password: Provider

Audio available over the computer or dial in.

Dial in number: 866-726-7736

Conference ID: 3845639

A representative from MDH will outline information about how to schedule pop-up vaccination events and how to schedule a visit from the MDH mobile vaccination bus. A DHS representative will outline ways in which the agency can assist and provide resources on how you can help increase the number of clients who are vaccinated.

A significant portion of the event will be devoted to hearing from you about your needs related to vaccination for your clients and to answering your questions.


Session Proposals for CTE Works

Call for Proposals ends June 25: Submit a virtual concurrent session proposal for the CTE Works! Summit on November 3 and November 4, 2021. 

The Exhibitors Application is now open for this annual premier professional development event for career pathway and Career and Technical Education professionals in the Upper Midwest, connecting educators, advisors, and administrators from high schools and colleges with Minnesota workforce developers, business and industry partners, and regional community service providers. 

Call for Proposal Details

  • November 2-3, 2021: 24 concurrent sessions. Each session is 45 minutes and delivered virtually (Zoom). 
  • Proposals are due by 11:59pm (Central) Friday, June 25, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Review submission criteria BEFORE completing this proposal:
  • Lead Presenters will be notified in August 2021.

Exhibitor Application

Optimize your presence at the region’s premier career and technical education event. Exhibit your company’s services and products in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and around the world. 

  • Virtual Exhibitor fee: $125
  • Affiliate (nonprofit) fee: $25

Review details of the Exhibitor package before submitting an application. 

Attendee registration, keynote speaker and more about the CTE Works! Summit:

Professional Outreach Networking Group

In Collaboration with Ethan McConkey with PrairieCare, and Sarah Bane with Nystrom & Associates, we at Mn Adult & Teen Challenge - Rochester are excited to bring PONG to Southern MN! This Professional Outreach Networking Group has been successful in creating a space for providers and the community to learn about the resources right in your backyard!

We will have members spotlight their organization in order for you to become familiar with their services and referral process. We will also have opportunities for speakers to come and share on areas of interest, and/or bring an inspirational message to get you going on your day!

We are looking forward to seeing you there. Remember, after the spotlight speaker(s), each person attending will be given an opportunity to give updates on what's new and happening within your organization, or share success stories happening in your work!

Our first virtual Southern MN PONG meeting will be on Wednesday July, 7th 2021 from 10-11:30am and the Spotlight Organization is Prairie-Care. Please join us as Ethan McConkey share information on who they are, what they do and a little bit about their Rochester location.

Zoom Meeting  Join on your computer or mobile app - Click to Join meeting - use code 757542




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Warriors Path Program

Every veteran who has been in a season of crisis and is now moving towards positive change and Post Traumatic Growth deserves a fresh start and a second chance to reconnect with the warrior within. While serving, being a warrior means engaging in physical battle, training for war, and ensuring the safety and well-being of your fellow service members.

Once our service is over, a new type of battle begins; it is a battle in the heart and the soul of veterans and their families. The warrior must now use trauma they have suffered as a source of strength and fuel to live their best life in the civilian world.

Our 12-week course supports veteran as they design and pursue a better future. A future that they choose. The Warrior’s Path is not a program, it is a course of study to learn how to drop labels such as “broken”, “damaged” and not be anchored to diagnoses such as PTSD. We are so much more than that, and embarking on the Warrior’s Path is to acknowledge our role as leaders in our families, churches, and communities, and forgive ourselves for whatever our role may have been in past traumatic events.
Post Traumatic Growth is a powerful force which improves our families, our communities, and ourselves.

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Restoring Lives Home is Accepting Applications

The home is designed for women transitioning out of addiction treatment programs OR incarceration. Minimum of 6 months sober/clean required for consideration plus actively working a 12-step program or an assigned case plan. You must be open to faith-based curriculum.

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House of Hope women’s medium intensity residential program in Mankato is up and running again

They also have a couple of openings in our men’s medium intensity residential program in Mankato as well.

Referral information can be sent via email or faxed to Mike Schoen at 507.625.4536.


Virtual Open House for Rogers Behavioral Health Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Program

On behalf of Rogers Behavioral Health I invite you to join us at a virtual open house for our Mental Health and Addiction Recovery program. Led by Emily Banitt, LPC, lead therapist, and Morgan Borine, MA, MS, PMHNP-BC, nurse practitioner, this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the levels of care available for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery.
  • Hear an overview of the treatment day in partial hospitalization (PHP).
  • Discuss how medication management is utilized.

Tuesday, June 29 4:30 to 5:30 pm

This event will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. To attend, please email me at After you RSVP, I will send you a link to join the open house.