MN Transition Coalition News - October 25, 2021

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NorthStar Regional - Save the Date

Please join NorthStar Regional for our Riverwood Campus Open House on Wednesday, November 17th. NorthStar Regional is excited to share with you our new Riverwood Campus. Take a tour! Enjoy snacks! Meet our Team! Explore this beautiful space!

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 17th from 1-5 pm
Location: NorthStar Regional | 10990 95th St. NE | Otsego, MN 55362



Virtual Community Resource Fair

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 1 – 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Virtual Community Resource fair. This online event is free to all community members, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors and anyone interested in learning more about these resources. It’s easy to join with a smart phone or computer.

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Events Through Wayside Recovery

"Finding Calm in Chaos: Radical Self-Care in Uncertain Times" with Dr. Joi Lewis, a virtual and interactive community event on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m.. Registration is available at all pricing levels, and we are also offering nonprofit sponsorship levels (sponsor packet attached). Details and registration at

Maternal & Infant Health ECHO Series, focusing on Black maternal healthcare disparities and supported by MN DHS. These events are happening weekly and will be going into 2022. Current lineup features names like Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health & Racial Equity at the University of Minnesota, and MN Attorney General Keith Ellison. Registration is free:


Save the Date: MNJRC Reimagining Justice Conference

When: November 16-17

Join the Minnesota Justice Research Center (MNJRC) for a conference that elevates opportunities to re-imagine parts of the criminal legal system. Over two days we will convene virtually to hear from researchers, legal professionals, people directly impacted by the system, advocates and leaders from within the system who are working towards reform. 

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Statewide Transition Coalition: Disrupting the Pipeline to Prison

Fri, November 12, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Agenda -

1. 9:30-9:45 Julie Atella & Dr. Shlafer on the release of the research on health impacts for kids with incarcerated parents and caregivers

2. 9:45 - 10:00: Kelley Heifort MNDOC – Healthy Start Act- Healthy Start Act Fact Sheet - SF 1315.pdf (

3. 10:00-10:30:Closeknit – an organization with an innovative approach to connecting with homeless youth CloseKnit – Loving youth out of homelessness –

4. 10:30 - 11:00: Gina Evans MNTC - program for moms with SUD and open CHPS cases

5. 11:00 - 11:30:Katrinna Dexter MNDOC – juvenile justice legislative platform

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ETS Warriors Path Cohort 3 Schedule and Curriculum

October 26, 2021 - December 7, 2021

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Veterans Day Virtual Program 2021

The Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program will be held virtually again this year. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) website at MDVA invites all Minnesotans to celebrate and honor all Veterans who have served our state and country.

“Although we are not gathering in person, the importance of recognizing Minnesota’s Veterans for their service, sacrifice and resilience has not diminished,” said MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. “We encourage all Minnesotans to take a moment to thank the Veterans in their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy.”


Work With Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

At MnTC, our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

When you work for MnTC, you’re not merely filling a job. You’re actively participating in a mission that is alive with purpose! You get the opportunity to see the lives of men and women (and their families) transformed.

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Project Turnabout is Hiring

If you want to work for a mission-based organization that’s committed to making a difference in the lives of others, then consider applying to become part of our team at Project Turnabout. We are dedicated to our work and the individuals we serve. Whether you’re a cook, a licensed professional or looking for an internship, each position provides meaningful and rewarding outcomes that consistently drives our mission.

EEO/AA - Project Turnabout is an equal opportunity employer and commits to providing a highly challenging work environment with excellent opportunities for career growth. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, and/or any other legally protected status.

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Openings Now Available at NSR’s Shakopee Residential Facility

Our high-intensity Men’s Residential Co-Occurring Treatment program involves a live-in treatment facility that provides therapy for substance abuse, mental health, and medical/psychiatric topics. We are now accepting admissions.

Call 1-833-677-4673 or Connect with us Online

Email: or FAX: 763-225-4470


Click Here for Referral Form

Cold Weather Utility Rules Now in Effect

The State of Minnesota set up the Cold Weather Rule to help people who cannot pay their utility bills in full.

It does not completely stop winter disconnections, but provides people extra protection from October 1 through April 30.
What to do if you get a Notice of Proposed Disconnect, or if your service was disconnected:

• Pay your bill in full, or
• Call your utility provider and enter into a payment plan.

You must keep the payment plan during the Cold Weather Rule months in order to continue to receive protection from disconnection.

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Compensated Opportunities To Hear From People In The Community Who Have been Directly Impacted By Incarceration

We are inviting you to share this survey with anyone who has been directly impacted by incarceration in Minnesota. This survey will be open for approximately two weeks (unless we get an overwhelming amount of responses, then we may shorten the survey duration), will take about 5-10 minutes to complete, and all participants will receive a $5 Target gift card. The survey is now open (Friday, September 17th) and we anticipate closing it on Friday, October 1st. The survey should only be taken by each person once; if we suspect someone has taken it multiple times, they will not be compensated. Click Here for Survey

Interviews or Focus Groups:
We also would like to hear from directly impacted people in the community through interviews and focus groups. These will be approximately one hour, conducted virtually, and participants will be compensated $50 for their time. There are a limited number of spots for interviews and focus groups, based on our capacity to conduct them, so we have created a sign-up form linked here.


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Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless is Looking for Board Members

MCH is putting out a broad call to our community of supporters to recruit four individuals to join the MCH Board of Directors in January 2022. MCH seeks board members representing the diverse viewpoints of our broad coalition and committed to our shared mission to generate policies, community support and local resources for housing and services to end homelessness in Minnesota.

Board Leadership

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless (MCH) is led by a 15-member Board of Directors. MCH is seeking up to four individuals to join the board, with a particular focus on adding members from rural Minnesota. MCH specifically seeks people with lived experience of homelessness, members from Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color, youth, LGBTQ+, and members from Greater Minnesota.

Board Term & Overview

Board members are elected to serve a two-year term, and are expected to attend virtual meetings every other month, actively participate in meetings, and participate in MCH key events.

Interest Form

If you are interested, please complete this form by 11/12/21. Interested individuals will be contacted by 11/19/2021 for a virtual meeting with the Executive DIrector and a Board member. 


Contact Rhonda Otteson, Executive Director, 

or Jessie Hendel, Board Member,


HHS Announces Availability of $100 Million for State Loan Repayment Programs to Support Primary Health Care Workforce in Underserved Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing the availability of $100 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for state-run programs that support, recruit, and retain primary care clinicians who live and work in underserved communities. This funding represents a five-fold increase to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), and helps improve health equity by ensuring that clinicians working in high-need communities remain in them.

HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce is accepting applications for these grants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and U.S. territories. HRSA estimates that it will make up to 50 awards of up to $1 million per year, over the program’s four-year project period.  Read the release.