MN Transition Coalition News - July 12, 2021

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Racism and the Economy
Focus on Criminal Justice

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT), for “Racism and the Economy: Focus on Criminal Justice.” This is the next event in our virtual series, which examines the impact of structural racism on our economy and advances ideas to improve economic outcomes for all Americans.
This event will focus on how racism in the criminal justice system impacts the economy. The criminal justice system has frequently failed to live up to its name, with damaging social and economic consequences. Keynote speakers will examine the origins and contemporary context of the U.S. criminal legal system, followed by thought leaders and practitioners who will discuss strategies to address the system’s disparate impacts on the economic security of indigenous people and communities of color. The session will explore how overrepresentation of people of color and indigenous people in the criminal legal system compromises the performance of the overall economy.

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The role Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs play in supporting mothers as they reenter their community after a period of incarceration

The Office of Family Assistance will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET to explore the role Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs play in supporting mothers as they reenter their community after a period of incarceration. Reentering mothers must overcome unique and difficult barriers to ensure their well-being and reduce their chances of recidivism. In this discussion, a panel of researchers and practitioners will provide an overview of the impact of incarceration on children, the needs mothers face upon their release, and various approaches that state TANF programs, Department of Corrections reentry programs, and local non-profit organizations take to support reentering mothers in addressing these needs. Presenters will also highlight success stories and lessons learned from their experience helping reentering mothers and discuss how TANF can partner with community reentry programs to help mothers succeed.

Speakers include Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated; Jennifer Robinson, Deputy Commissioner of Temporary Assistance, Onondaga County (New York) Department of Social Services-Economic Security; Monika Madaras, Assistant Administrator, Reach Up [TANF] Economic Services Division, Vermont Department for Children and Families; and Heather Newcomb, Women's Program Manager, Vermont Works for Women. Jessica R. Kendall, Project Director, Family Strengthening, ICF will moderate the webinar.

Webinar Date: July 14, 2021


  • Supportive Services
  • Special Populations
    • Incarcerated and Individuals with a Criminal Record
  • TANF Program Administration


Improving Criminal Justice with Four Mindsets Shifts

Greetings from TEDxDecatur in Metro Atlanta.

Dr. Nick Powell is Director of Research at the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.

We would be delighted if you could join us on Zoom from 10-11 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, July 17, 2021, for the world premiere of Nick’s TEDxDecatur talk, “Improving Criminal Justice with Four Mindsets Shifts.” The screening will be followed by a Q & A session moderated by Nick’s friend, Julius Campbell. The Zoom Meeting link is as follows: 



Father Project

 The Father Project’s home in the Coliseum Building in Minneapolis was damaged in the recent unrest. Our team is eager to serve you virtually Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 612-724-3539, or fill out this online form for more information. We are still here for you!

Founded in 1999 by the City of Minneapolis, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the Father Project has served thousands of fathers through an extensive network of community partners.

The Father Project's mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Services offered include:

Proven Results

Return on Investment study by the Wilder foundation showed a long-term financial return of $3.41 for each dollar invested in the Father Project. Evaluation outcomes have shown increased parenting skills, educational achievement, job placement and benefits for the children of participating families.

  • Case management: a professional father advocate provides expert consultation on issues facing fathers and support for effective parenting.
  • Parenting support: parenting classes help fathers learn practical skills and receive support from other fathers in similar circumstances.
  • Child support services:Child support staff works with Father Project; from paternity to payment issues, we help fathers understand and improve their situation.
  • Father and family activities:fun and educational activities provide fathers, children and family members with important opportunities to strengthen relationships.
  • Employment services: we offer comprehensive employment services, including job search support and career development.

Contact Us (all parents welcome)

Father Project 553 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul, MN 55104 or 612-724-3539

The Doula Initiative

Today, The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) launched EPIC REPRO+Justice, a program designed to empower women and non-binary individuals who are justice-impacted with the education and resources needed to have bodily autonomy and agency on their wellness journey. Our goal is to change health outcomes and restore dignity to justice-involved individuals, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other People Of Color.

The Doula Initiative, the first installment of EPIC REPRO+Justice, is now accepting applications. 

We are formally launching the initiative next week, but are sharing the application with individuals like you, who we thought may be interested in becoming a birth worker.

Focused on reproductive justice and birth equity, the virtual doula training program provides women with the skills necessary to offer peer support along the perinatal continuum. The 4-week intensive summer program is the pathway to industry-recognized certification. Participants will be trained to work in traditional birthing environments, as well as in prisons and jails. Additionally, they will be provided with the tools necessary to build a professional doula brand. Fifty participants will be awarded full scholarships to attend the program, with the first class kicking off in August of 2021. 

Eligible Applicants:

  • Women and non-binary individuals who are systems-impacted, particularly individuals who are impacted by the criminal legal system and foster care system
  • Have reliable internet access and a device to attend live training sessions 
  • Able to commit to 4-weeks of virtual training and complete program homework

Applications are due on July 14, 2021, by 5 pm EST.

Individuals interested in becoming doulas can apply to the program here.

We look forward to collectively improving maternal health outcomes for BIPOC, supporting you in building a doula business, and connecting you to a network of empowered individuals who are impacted by the criminal legal system. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Register TODAY for the 4th Annual MARATP Conference August 3-4th, 2021 in Willmar, MN

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Rogers Behavioral Health Rescheduled Virtual Open House

we have rescheduled the virtual open house for our Mental Health and Addiction Recovery program to Tuesday, July 13, 4:30 to 5:30 pm. 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, July 13 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.


Veterans VIRTUAL Career Fair

July 29, 2021 at 1:00 - 3:00 PM

CareerForce Veterans Employment Services and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites all veterans, active military members, and their spouses to a Virtual Career Fair on July 29.

Work for an employer that recognizes and appreciates your experience and the value you bring to their team! Employers participating in the Veterans Virtual Career Fair are encouraged to offer veterans full-time jobs with benefits and family-sustaining wages.

Resumes are not required to participate in this event, but you're encouraged to have one. Only PDF versions may be uploaded. Please visit CareerForce for resume assistance to highlight your abilities and strengths.

For questions about the Veterans Virtual Career Fair or accommodations needed to attend the virtual event, please contact Shannon Sprouse by Friday, July 23, 2021.

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Immediate Openings at Partners in Recovery

Partners In Recovery specializes in treatment for justice involved clients. We partner with corrections, probation and parole, county jails, and human service agencies to ensure every client receives comprehensive services. We are leaders in delivering risk-need-responsivity programming, moral reconation therapy and criminogenic thinking curriculum.

Intensive Outpatient Programs          Outpatient Programs          Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)



Ombuds for Corrections Reports

OBFC Strengthening Families Report

This is a report on supporting the families of people incarcerated in Minnesota prisons.

Because of the known importance of the role of loved ones in supporting the success of people who are incarcerated, the Ombuds for Corrections initiated an investigation focusing on what resources and supports are available for families of people incarcerated in Minnesota prisons1; what barriers may be preventing families from easily navigating the system; and what resources and programs could strengthen families’ ability to self-advocate.

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Apply Now to Serve on the Task Force on Shelter

The recently passed Housing Omnibus bill established a new Task Force on Shelter. The Task Force on Shelter will convene in August 2021 and work together until August 2022 to complete two reports to help develop standards for the provision of shelter and examine the need for, and feasibility and cost of, establishing state oversight of shelter. The group is required to examine existing shelter policies and practices in shelters of all types and engage stakeholders. The group is also required to make recommendations to the legislature regarding standards that will strengthen the shelter system and help ensure that shelters have the ability and resources to provide safe and appropriate shelter services to those in need. You can read the enabling legislation here.

The Task Force is comprised of 24 members. Eighteen members will be appointed to fill seats defined in the legislation that represent various groups with a stake in the Task Force’s work, including people who have experienced homelessness, shelter providers, local government representatives and others. The remaining members will be filled by the Commissioners of Human Services, Health, Corrections, Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs or their designee.

Are you interested in serving? Applications are being accepted now through the Secretary of State’s open appointments site. Click here to view the specific requirements for each open seat and to submit your application. If anyone is unable to apply via computer, please reach out to Elizabeth Dressel at 651.248.5548 to request assistance in completing the application. An additional set of questions will be emailed to applicants once they complete the online application through the Secretary of State’s Office.

Initial application review will begin on July 26 and appointments to the Task Force will be made the first week of August. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be held online. 


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Now Open NUWAY – Mankato Counseling Center

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

To learn more about NUWAY treatment and programming, please call 507-295-4940 or email

The Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) is seeking your input!

MACCAC is an association of counties who operate community corrections within their communities. The goal of community corrections is to help clients change behavior to prevent further criminal behavior to keep the client and their communities safe. MACCAC strives to promote sound correctional practices based on research and evidence.

A key piece of  good correctional practice is the assessment of people who are involved in the criminal justice system to ensure that appropriate services are being delivered. A national best practice is to use "risk" and "needs" assessments that identify who might be most in need of an intervention and how to best address those at the highest risk of future reentry into criminal justice involvement. Assessments should help decision-making by agents be more accurate, consistent, equitable, and effective. MACCAC is looking to hear from you on how to best achieve these goals. Ultimately, community corrections is aimed at ending the cycle of involvement in the criminal justice system.

MACCAC is hosting a listening session to hear from impacted communities, people with lived experience, victims, and families with past experience with the criminal justice system. You are invited to participate in this listening session to lend your voice to this important conversation and help shape the future of corrections in Minnesota.

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Carli Stark at  with your name and organization and join the Zoom session below on July 14 at 9:00 a.m.

July 14, 9:00 to 11:00 – Community Members