MN Transition Coalition News - September 7, 2021

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Sept. 11, 2021 – 20th Anniversary Remembrance Event

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the 9/11 and Global War on Terrorism Remembrance Task Force, and the Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with an event on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds this September. The official “9/11 Day of Remembrance” is scheduled in-person for Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.  In addition to memorializing the events of that day and honoring those impacted, this event is focused on bringing the community together through a message of hope, unity and resilience.

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Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist Lunch and Learn

Friday, September 17, 2021 From Noon-1:00PM

Join Justin McNeal from Minnesota Recovery Connection. for an hour long lunch and learn on becoming a forensic peer recovery specialist and the services available to those we serve at MNRC.

Microsoft Teams meeting - Join on your computer or mobile app

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Center of Addiction & Faith webinar featuring Maia Salavitz,

with a 30-minute follow-up Zoom discussion

Join us as we host New York Times best-selling author Maia Szalavitz for our September webinar. In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, we will hold this free event, open to all, via Zoom on Thursday, September 9, 7-8 p.m., CT. A 30-minute breakout will follow the talk, based on her latest book Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction. For more information and to register, Click Here.

Working with and Advocating for Mothers with Substance Use Disorder

Sep 15, 2021 10:00 AM

According to SAMHSA there are two primary reasons why family-centered treatment for parental substance use disorders makes sense. First, research on women’s substance use, dependence, and treatment shows that relationships, especially with family and children, play an important role in women’s substance use, treatment, and outcomes. Second, 70% of women entering treatment have children. These children are at higher risk of abuse, neglect, developmental problems, and adolescent substance use. Therapeutic services and parenting skills training improve the prognosis and outcomes for impacted moms and their children. When whole families are treated, outcomes for each individual member improve; communication, coordination, and ability of adult members to support one another and impacted children is also improved.

This webinar explores the distinctions of family-centered treatment, and specific needs of mothers involved with Child Protective Services. It discusses the impact of integrating parenting skills training into case-planning; the use of Certified Peer Recovery Services; the importance of continuity of care, and how to effectively advocate and partner with court service for positive outcomes for families.

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WORKING RECOVERY, a Virtual Symposium

Many people question the role of employment and the effect it can have on an individual’s journey to addiction recovery. So, what does the research reveal?

The virtual symposium WORKING RECOVERY, offered at no cost to participants, on September 14, 2021, will feature a session with international scholars David Eddie, Ph.D., attending clinical psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and David Best, Ph.D., professor of criminology at the University of Derby, England, discussing this very topic.

Join the session “ANSWERING THE WHY: What Does the Research Say About the Importance of Employment to Recovery?” to learn about the state of the science.

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Hill Day at Home

We are just weeks away from Hill Day at Home, our virtual advocacy event where you can learn from policy leaders, hear from peers and advocate on the mental health and substance use care issues that matter to you.

Last year, we partnered with 29 national advocacy organizations to help 2,000+ people from all 50 states unite online for our annual event, resulting in 5,273 advocacy actions being taken and 416 members of Congress reached.

Don’t miss your chance to make a mark this year – register now for Hill Day at Home on Tuesday, October 19, to raise your voice, elevate concerns and connect with influencers on Capitol Hill. Join us as we:

  • Address the most pressing questions facing our field in the wake of COVID-19.
  • Hear from key policy leaders on the latest developments from Capitol Hill.
  • Get a view inside the Biden Administration and their mental health agenda.
  • Celebrate your peers during our 2021 Advocacy Leadership Awards.

More than just a digital rally cry, Hill Day at Home is an opportunity to boost your knowledge base and inform your ongoing advocacy. What can you expect to learn? For starters, we will:

  • Explore the advancements in Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) growth and talk next steps for this transformational model.
  • Highlight the congressional activities to support and enhance the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as it transitions to the three-digit dialing code (988) in July 2022.
  • Discuss the latest policy developments in bolstering our sector's workforce, increasing access to treatment and more!


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Wayside Friday Forum Series - Fall 2021

Oct 1 - Ethics: Racism and Health Care, Barry A. Lehman, LADC, D. Min., Coordinator for MARRCH Ethics Committee

Oct 29 - Culturally Sensitive Compassion Fatigue, Stephanie Jensen, MSW, LICSW, St. Paul Therapy

Nov 12 - Culturally Sensitive Supervision, Stephanie Jensen, MSW, LICSW, St. Paul Therapy

Dec 3 - Drug Use in Pregnancy – A Culture of Stigma and Shame, Amy Langenfeld, MA, RN, APRN, PHN, CNM, Amy E. Consulting, LLC                

Friday Forums are hosted by the Education & Prevention division of Wayside Recovery Center. Friday Forum presenters are clinicians, educators, administrators, and executives who share their knowledge and expertise on various topics, examine current issues, and inspire health providers to implement new modalities to address client needs. For now, Friday Forums are offered via ZOOM virtual meeting platform. Using individual devices, participants can be anywhere, and all are welcome!

 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
  • CONTINUING ED: Wayside is an approved continuing education provider by the Minnesota Board of Social Work, applications are pending with the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and Minnesota Board or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • CONTACT: Rebecca Buller at



Walk (or Run) for Recovery

The RCN 2nd Annual Walk for Recovery will be held on September 25, 2021 and has a start time of 10AM. It will be held once again on the Lake Wobegon Trail in St. Joseph, MN. Registration is now open and is only $25. Proceeds from this event will go toward providing Peer to Peer Services, Advocacy and Education for those living with or seeking help with a substance use issue.

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Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI): Undoing Violence to Dismantle Mass Incarceration

Register today for the third installment of the 2021 virtual series Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration (URMI): Undoing Violence to Dismantle Mass Incarceration. Friday, September 24 from 8:45am-11:45am.

URMI 2021 continues to address the criminalization of those with mental health disorders and where we need to direct our organizing and activism. This session will address mass incarceration and mental health through the lens of violence, the ineffectiveness and inhumanity of punishment, and what effective responses look like. Keynote speakers will include Jafar Braylock and Antonio Williams.

Mass incarceration depends on asserting white supremacy through over-policing and over-prosecution of nonviolent offenses. This system also creates an endless loop of incarceration, release without supports, re-arrest, re-incarceration, and long sentences for so-called “violent offenders” while failing to address the sources of violence. These include mental health issues arising from historical trauma, adverse childhood events, and the daily effects of racial and economic oppression.

Hosted by Metropolitan State University's School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Human Services Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. For more information or questions, please contact Associate Professor Therissa Libby, PhD (she/her) at All media inquiries should contact Robert Boos, Public Relations Coordinator, at If you need disability-related accommodations to make this event accessible, contact the Center for Accessibility Resources by Sept. 17 at 651-793-1549 or

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!


Expungement Clinics

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. Funded by Friends of the Hennepin County Library in collaboration with Central Minnesota Legal Services.

Virtual Eviction Expungement Clinic:

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record.  People request expungement of an eviction record to make it easier to find housing in the future.  Attend a virtual informational session via Microsoft Teams to learn more about the eviction 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. Funded by the Friends of Hennepin County Library in collaboration with Central Minnesota Legal Services. 


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St. Paul Spirit House Has Available Beds

At Saint Paul Spirit House we provide a safe and encouraging environment for men to build a new and healthy lifestyle. Through 12 step recovery programs, accountability, structure and stability, the men in our homes are achieving long term success in their sobriety.

Introducing The Rubicon

The Rubicon exists to support people on their path to a lasting recovery.

Located in Edina, Minnesota, The Rubicon is a new co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment program.

We offer both Telehealth and in-person options.

The Rubicon is taking new clients at this time

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RS Eden Now Offers Comprehensive Recovery Services Assessments

RS EDEN is determined to make it as easy as possible for people to access our programs. To that end, we are now offering Comprehensive Assessments in-person and virtually without a referral, by appointment and during walk-in hours.

Walk-In Assessments: Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at 1025 Portland Avenue in Minneapolis
Appointments available Monday–Friday, call 612-338-0723

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Email and Social Media Toolkit 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month, we hope to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention while celebrating life and promoting hope. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together to talk about suicide. Suicide prevention efforts seek to increase the factors that help strengthen, support, and protect people from suicide, while reducing factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior.  

All organizations and people are invited to use the toolkit including service organizations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, local health departments, faith-based organizations, and schools.   

Download the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit here. 

Public Comment Period: Draft 2022-2023 Affordable Housing Plan

We are pleased to release a draft of our 2022-2023 Affordable Housing Plan for public comment.

  • The 2022-2023 Affordable Housing Plan is our business plan to implement the final two years of our Strategic Plan and includes key initiatives and estimates of the resources that we expect to make available.

Your feedback is critical for developing effective plans. Submit your comments to by noon on Tuesday, September 14.

Version 3 now available! CBI-Substance Use Adult (CBI-SUA)

We were excited to share our new CBI group interventions look in June, and are even more pumped to this month to share the newest version of Substance Use curriculum! Previously known to many as the CBI-SA or CBI-SU, we've updated the title as this version is specific to adult populations. Included in this new version are the creative design elements recently rolled out, as well as an new module we've added: Setting the Stage for Success. Near the beginning of the curriculum, these additional sessions emphasize the importance of developing a healthy life that includes relationships with others. The five new sessions examine success history, explore relationships that can help or hinder sobriety, consider how relationships impact our goals, identify social support people, and identify positive activities that support a healthy (and crime free) life. Check out our Revisions Overview for a more detailed look at all the updates!

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