MN Transition Coalition News - August 23, 2021

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Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Behavioral Health

Behavioral health organizations have a growing responsibility to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts not only for their employees, but also to better serve clients and families. By working to bolster DEI efforts, organizations have a unique opportunity to improve the lives of those providing and receiving care. Given this important responsibility, where do organizations begin to foster DEI and improve cultural competence? Join us Wednesday, August 25 at 2 PM ET for a live Q&A with Rola Aamar, Ph.D., and Nellie Galindo, MSW, MPH from Relias on prioritizing DEI. They will answer your questions on topics like:

  • The importance of DEI in healthcare and human services
  • The role of social determinants of health and the variance in healthcare delivery practices based on race and ethnicity
  • What cultural competence truly means
  • Why focusing on DEI is equally as important to staff wellness as it is to client health

Click Here to Register

Voices of Reentry 

When: Monday, August 30th | 6pm-7:30pm

Location: Mill City Running (Upstairs): 411 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 OR Zoom.

Register Here:

Join Mile in My Shoes for "Voices of Reentry," co-hosted by MNSCC  and Mill City Running. Hear from MiMS Members and Alumni as they share their stories of navigating the Reentry process and returning to the community after incarceration. MNSCC will join to share ways we as community members can support Reentry reform. We will have options to join in person (for the first 40 people registered) and via zoom. A zoom link will be sent within 48 hours before the training.

September is National Recovery Month

The month of September is full of recovery oriented activities to recognize National Recovery Month. Here are but a few of the options to get out and celebrate recovery

Sept 1: “What’s Going On” (Songs from the Vietnam era) a concert to raise awareness and benefit Veterans in Recovery, St. Michael, MN. (

Sept 3-5: Gopher State Roundup (

Sept 12: St. Cloud Alano Club 60th Birthday Celebration (Sauk Rapids Municipal Park)

Sept 14: Rally Caps for Recovery (MN Twins vs. Cleveland Guardians) (

Sept 18: St. Cloud Intergroup A.A. Convention (

Sept 18: 2218 Birthday Bash and Bike Run (

Sept 18: Minnesota Recovery Connection’s Annual Walk for Recovery (

Sept 22: Recovery Community Network’s Banquet for Recovery (

Sept 25: Recovery Community Network’s Walk for Recovery, St. Joseph, MN.  (

Site-based Supportive Housing Standards Stakeholder Feedback Sessions

The Stewardship Council is seeking feedback on proposed standards for site-based supportive housing. These standards will help inform future funding decisions and contribute to strengthening the supportive housing infrastructure statewide.

Dates: August 26, August 31, September 2, and September 9th

Click Here for More Information and Registration Links

Overdose Awareness Motorcycle Run

When: Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 11:00 AM CDT

Location: Starting at Shakopee Hocokata 2300 Tiwahe Circle, Shakopee, MN 55379 to Lower Sioux Powwow Grounds

For more info and to register, click here.

Meal will be provided at the end of the ride for RSVP's.

MARRCH 2021 Annual Conference

October 25-27, 2021 at St. Paul River Centre

While we all continue to navigate the “new normal” and what being back in person looks like, we invite you to consider joining us at the MARRCH Annual Conference & Expo!
The MARRCH Board of Governors and Education Committee is excited to focus on Resiliency: The Key to Success at this year’s conference. We look forward to a great lineup of breakout speakers with new and emerging topics, stories of resiliency, and continuing to find ways to provide value to each of you!
Join us this October and register today!

January 2022 Online Virtual Recovery Coach Academy (RCA)

with Ethics

Registration Now Open Until Monday December 27, 2021 

Training Location: Virtual/Online

Training cost: $650.00 which includes a $150.00 non-refundable deposit. Payments must be received no later than Monday December 27, 2021. This class will be limited to 25 participants and is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Training Dates / Times: January 24th thru January 29th / 8am to 5pm


Participants must attend all 6 days to meet the educational requirements to receive completion certificates. This RCA meets all the educational requirements for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal (CPRSR) credential(s) issued by the Minnesota Certification Board (MCB). Bold North Recovery and Consulting is an MCB approved provider of the peer recovery curriculum. 

To register or for more information please email


2021 From Statistics to Solutions Conference

The 2021 From Statistics to Solutions Conference is on the calendar and we want YOU to be there! We are offering the full agenda both in-person, and live virtually this year with five CEUs available. In person capacity is limited, so register below today.

From Statistics to Solutions is an annual conference attracting 300+ attendees that explores the ever-evolving issues impacting youth substance use, and how to connect and engage with young people about substance trends and use. Additionally, FSTS brings together dozens of recovery allies and resources involved in prevention and recovery to address important and relevant subject matter - The networking opportunities have always set this conference apart.

· Date: September 23rd, 2021

· Location: Minneapolis Marriott West - 9960 Wayzata Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

· Cost: $35.00 for 5 CEU Credits

Click Here for more Information and Registration



 Metro Region Interactive Virtual Career Fair!

Booths are open in the Pavilion from 2-5 p.m. CST. Visit the Info Stand for questions!

Partners In Recovery Substance Abuse Treatment Director

The SUD Treatment Director supervises staff, providing clinical and administrative leadership. Assures that programming complies with contract, licensing, certification and other required standards according to the requirements of the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) and 245G. This position plays a key role in program licensing, staff supervision, program development, sales and marketing efforts.

Click Here for More Information




Message from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban.

You are not alone.

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Scroll down for a list common reactions and coping advice.

Resources available right now

Now accepting applications for new Lived Expertise Advisory Group

The Hennepin Continuum of Care is seeking members to form a Lived Expertise Advisory Group (LEAG) to inform funding decisions for activities such as outreach, shelter, and housing. The committee will be made up of 5-7 members who have experienced homelessness and are passionate about developing solutions. The goal of the LEAG is to ensure that people who have experienced homelessness, particularly members of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities (BIPOC), are at the table with funders to make funding decisions, and to ensure that the work towards ending homelessness happens with the voice of people with lived expertise.

Compensation and time commitment

Compensation: LEAG members will be compensated with a stipend of $20 per hour with a maximum of $200 per month. We can work with and accommodate individuals that have income restrictions to assure this compensation doesn’t conflict with other benefits.

Time commitment: The total time commitment for LEAG members will not exceed 10 hours per month. Members can expect to participate in 2- 4 hours of meetings per month and up to  4 - 6 hours of additional time outside of meetings to attend training, review proposals, or complete other duties as needed. 

Submit your application

We highly encourage anyone who has experienced homelessness or has lived fragilely housed (shelter, couch-surfing, car, outside) to apply. If you have experience navigating human/social service systems while experiencing housing instability we want to hear from you. Please share this application with anyone who would be a good fit. Applications need to be submitted by August 20th.

Application: Lived Expertise Advisory Group Overview and Application

Completed applications can be sent to

If needed, this application can be completed by phone. For assistance with submitting the application or questions, contact: Eric Richert – 612-363-8302;

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Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center


We can pick you up - call 612-547-5690 to schedule




To determine eligibility, click on CONDITIONS OF ADMISSION

offers men a comprehensive long-term rehabilitation

(NOT treatment) program:

addressing the underlying issues in substance abuse; and equipping them with necessary vocational and social skills;

in the hope of helping them become responsible citizens in their communities; faithful fathers and husbands in their homes; and valued employees in their workplace.

Intake phone: 612-547-5690 Fax: 612-767-3841 or

Hope is Just a Phone Call Away

What do you do when a loved one is in desperate need of help, but unwilling to accept help or even admit they have a problem? It can be difficult, overwhelming, and heartbreaking. With our current climate, day drinking and working from home in isolation are common practice and socially acceptable. This acceptance and new way of living have been exacerbating addiction and alcohol dependency with many people – Even with those who may have not had a problem previously. It has been a recipe for struggle, defeat, and loss of control. As a family member or spouse, it is so hard to watch this decline and feel helpless, manipulated, and alone.

Full Article.

If you or someone you love is in need, our team of licensed professionals is here to help. Call us today, day or night at (800) 731-0854.

Conviction Review Unit

The CRU seeks to identify, remedy, and prevent wrongful convictions. Each case the CRU accepts for review will have a strong indication that the person imprisoned could be innocent of the crime for which they were convicted. Minnesota’s CRU also will develop policy proposals to address the most frequently identified causes of wrongful convictions and, when possible, identify the person or people who actually committed the crime. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman submitted letters of support and have vowed to work cooperatively with the CRU in cases that might arise from their counties.

for more information and application, please click HERE.

Pilot county profiles with overdose and substance use data now available on MDH website

Substance use and overdose county profiles featuring county-level data on overdose deaths, nonfatal overdoses, substances most frequently used, opioid prescribing rates, and more are now available on the MDH website. Eighteen counties were selected based on rates of overdose deaths and representation from various regions across the state as part of an initial pilot series. The goal of these profiles is to allow communities to form a better understanding of their local data needs, prioritize resources, and recommend future prevention planning.

To view data for counties not on this list, please visit the Minnesota Injury Data Access System (MIDAS) or email