MN Transition Coalition News - January 24, 2022

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Department of Corrections Now Has an Automated, Electronic Process to Review New General Population Programs for Both Facilities and for Community Supervision

Please send both staff and external partners to our DOC public page Doing Business with the DOC / Department of Corrections ( where they will then see a link to complete a new program proposal.  They will receive an email confirmation once a program has been submitted with next steps.  Proposals will be initially scored based on alignment with evidence-based practices and DOC strategic goals,  and programming gaps we know exist.  As data becomes more available through the Self-Reported Assessment, Assessment Summary Report, and assessments used in Field Services, we will widen opportunities if proposals meet those needs.  Proposals that score well and meet a need for programming will be then formally reviewed by a committee of staff trained in delivering effective programs, evidence-based practices, and continuous quality improvement.  While in my special assignment outside of Reentry, I will chair this committee.  Recommendations will be sent to Assistant Commissioner Nan Larson and facility leaders for next step direction on implementation. 

Programs that are requesting DOC funding will also be sent to the State of Minnesota’s Vendor Information page.     

The link is up and live now so you may start referring staff or interested parties.  The review process will be in a pilot status for three months to allow for an equity review of the smartsheet, process, and changes will be made as needed.  This application and review process allows a consistent way for providers to submit their requests to deliver services to the population we serve.  Policy will be updated once the pilot concludes. 


Progression - South St. Paul, 2/22/22
by NAMI Minnesota

Date and time: Tue, Feb 22, 2022, 6:30 PM – Tue, Mar 29, 2022, 8:30 PM CST

Location: South St Paul High School, 2nd Street North, South Saint Paul, MN 55075

Learn from other teens and young adults how to maintain good mental health by recognizing early signs of returning symptoms, understanding how to deal with stress and anxiety, and teaching siblings, parents and friends how to help you. This workshop is taught by a trained young adult and empowers individuals to take charge of their lives by providing education and information on mental illnesses, treatment options and the hope for recovery. It’s a safe space to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and to not feel alone.

This workshop meets for 6 two-hour sessions and is for teens.

*Note: Masks required and social distancing will be observed.

Registration is required. Click Here to Register


 Join Newport Healthcare for a 

Unique Dining Experience and Networking Event 

Tuesday, January 25 12:00 –2:00 pm 

The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House 1632 Ferry Street, Anoka, MN 55303

Let's go mad over a unique dining experience and networking event. Join me and other local professionals to share information about your services and learn more about other available resources. Space is limited. Please RSVP by January 24.

Questions? Katie Richburg, MA, LCPC Clinical Outreach Specialist Email: Phone: 320-372-2336


Fathers and Families Moving Ahead Post Pandemic

Monday, February 7, 2022
$50 Registration Fee

Join the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network for our first ever virtual Summit! Learn from fatherhood professionals about a wide range of topics to help support fathers and families navigate their lives post pandemic. Listen to stories from fathers who will share their own personal experiences about the journey to their "new normal".

Click Here to Register



Centurion Health's Findhelp

In support of successful re-entry services, to reduce recidivism, and to reduce post-release mortality, Centurion Health has introduced a new search engine for free or reduced-cost social services for our patients after release.

The website is available at for use by any staff member: Centurion, DOC/County, Probation/Parole, who assists with the re-entry process. It is also available for any Centurion patient post release.

Please join us for a 1-hour, live, in-depth tutorial on use of the platform. All are welcome to join the session which will teach how to use the re-entry website. You may join for as many sessions as you like.

This email may be shared with Centurion staff, and DOC and County customers, including Probation and Parole staff, or anyone involved in ensuring successful re-entry for our patients.

This training will be offered three times to maximize participation; each session will cover the same content.

Click the link below to register for a specific session.

  • January 27 at 9:30 - 10:30 AM CST
  • February 2 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM CST)
  • February 8 at (9:30 - 10:30 AM CST)

Register Here

Centurion Health’s FindHelp connects those in need to the programs that serve them, ensuring that our patients find the help they need when they need it—with dignity and ease.

Register today to join us for any or all of the website trainings offered and visit to explore the site!


Register here:


Now Hiring | Criminal Record OK!

Would you like to receive updates on fair-chance employment opportunities in your area? Click here!

Honest Jobs is the nation's largest employment network for people with criminal records. We're recruiting for employers in Minnesota that actively hire people with misdemeanor and felony records.

Our current openings are listed below. If you know of anyone who is justice-involved and looking for work, please have them apply online at or contact an employment specialist by calling (424) 566-7780.

Anoka County

  • Production Assembler - Anoka

Blue Earth County


Dakota County

  • Experienced Fleet Technician (FT/Days/CDL A Permit) - Burnsville
  • General Labor - Sales (FT/Nights) - Burnsville
  • Local Tractor Trailer Driver - CDL A - Burnsville
  • Maintenance Technician (FT/Evenings) - Burnsville

Hennepin County

  • Field Installer - Minneapolis
  • Dishwasher - Minneapolis

Kandiyohi County

  • Field Installer - Willmar
  • RELCO - Material Coordinator - Willmar
  • Service Technician - Willmar
  • Welder - Willmar

Ramsey County

  • I&E TECHNICIAN - St Paul

Scott County

  • Addiction Recovery Support Technician - Shakopee

Washington County

  • PIPELINE OPERATOR (Measurement Backup) - Cottage Grove

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a temp or staffing agency? No, we are an online job board and recruiter for fair-chance employers. These are direct-hire positions with great pay, benefits, and growth opportunities.

Is there any cost? All services provided are free for job seekers and community partners.

How will people apply? Job seekers are able to create their free profile online at Once they do so, we reach out to assist with whatever they need to set them up for success as they begin their job search. We will help them build their online profile, assist with creating a resume, and guide them towards the jobs where they are the most likely to find success. We also coach them through the interview and provide support services after they start working. We have a direct relationship with the hiring managers, and anyone we send over is given priority treatment.

What convictions are acceptable or unacceptable to your employer(s)? Our hiring partners consider each person on a case-by-case basis and will look at many aspects beyond the background check, such as the context of the conviction, personal/professional references, rehabilitation efforts, volunteer activities, etc.

How do I find out more about Honest Jobs? Please schedule a call with me by using this link: Book a Zoom Call with Melissa Dickerson of Honest Jobs


Bix Produce is Hiring

Day Production Associate

  • Openings: 3
  • Schedule: Monday – Saturday, Sundays off +1 weekday
  • Hours: 7AM – Production Completion
  • Pay: $15.00 - $15.75

Job Description:

Night Production Associate

  • Openings: 3
  • Schedule: Sunday – Friday, Saturdays off +1 weekday
  • Hours: Sunday 5AM start, 6PM Monday – Friday
  • Pay: $16.00 - $16.75

Sr. Night Maintenance Mechanic

  • Openings: 1
  • Schedule: Sunday – Wednesday
  • Hours: 6pm start (10-hour shift)
  • Pay: $28.05 - $34.66

Job Description:

Night Produce QA Technician

  • Openings: 1
  • Schedule: Sunday - Thursday
  • Hours: 8PM - Production Completion 
  • Pay: $19.50 - $22.50

Night Production Coordinator

  • Openings: 2
  • Schedule: Sun - Fri; Saturday off +1 weekday off 
  • Hours: Sunday start 5PM, Mon-Fri start 6PM - Production Completion 
  • Pay: $19.50 - $22.50

Job Description:

Sr. Food Operator

  • Opening: 1
  • Schedule: Mon – Fri
  • Hours: 7AM – Production Completion
  • Pay: $17.00 - $19.10

Job Description:

 Night Production Machine Operator

  • Openings: 2
  • Schedule: Sunday - Friday; Saturday off +1 additional day off during the week
  • Hours: Sunday start 5PM, Mon - Fri start 6PM - Production Completion
  • Pay: $17.56 - $19.50

Job Description:

Class B Delivery Driver

  • Openings: 3
  • Schedule: Monday – Saturday, Sundays off +1 weekday
  • Hours: 3AM-5AM start – Route Completion
  • Pay: $23.00 - $28.00

Job Description:


FreedomWorks, Inc. Administrative Assistant Job Opening 

FreedomWorks is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to assist in the general operation of its Administrative office.

Duties will involve answering incoming phone calls, taking messages, creating, updating and reviewing contracts, collecting and maintaining detailed data and other general office duties as needed.

To be a successful hire:

  • You will need to have prior experience in office administration with outstanding organizational skills.
  • You must be detail oriented with the proficient ability to detect errors.
  • You will need superior communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as excellent reading and comprehension skills.
  • You must be able to work alone or as part of a team in an office environment
  • You must have excellent computer skills, including a high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • **Quickbooks experience is preferred. but not required.


  • To provides administrative support to ensure efficient office operations
  • To carry out administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, scanning etc.
  • To prepare information, research results and create reports as requested
  • To manage and maintain files, records and correspondences, both hard and digital copies.
  • To oversee office supplies — ordering them as needed

 Job Type: Full/Time Position (90-day Probationary period)

 Pay: $15.00 - $18.00 per hour

 Paid time off Schedule: (Upon hire after Probationary period)

8-hour shift (32 hours weekly): Monday–Wednesday and Friday (Subject to change after Probationary period)

Education:  High school or Higher (Preferred)

Experience: Minimum of 1-year prior Office Administrative experience with usage of Microsoft Office software.

Please submit your resume to:


The Task Force on Shelter wants to hear from stakeholders

The task force on shelter is starting the hard work of developing standards for shelters in Minnesota. Members want to hear from people who have experienced homelessness and shelter providers so they can be better informed as they craft standards. The task force invites people in these groups to attend a listening session to share their experiences.

People who have experienced homelessness

These sessions will be on Zoom because of COVID. At the beginning of the meeting, we’ll ask people to tell us if they’d like to take a turn sharing their experiences.

Listening session dates:

Meeting ID: 841 2075 4967 - Passcode: shelter or Call in: +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 833 6597 7953 - Passcode: shelter or Call in: +1 312 626 6799

Focus questions:

  • What issues have you experienced with shelters?
  • What should the shelter experience be like for residents?

Shelter providers

These sessions will be on Zoom because of COVID. At the beginning of the meeting, we’ll ask people to tell us if they’d like to take a turn sharing their experiences.

Listening session dates:

Meeting ID: 847 1592 4493 - Passcode: shelter or Call in: +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 886 3248 6780 - Passcode: shelter or Call in: +1 312 626 6799

Focus questions:

  • What policies have worked well in your facility? What lessons have you learned about shelter policies or standards over the years?
  • Should all shelters have common standards across the whole state? What would be beneficial about it? What would be your concerns?

If you can’t attend one of those sessions, you can share your feedback to the task force’s current focus questions through a survey, email, phone, or mail. Learn more about those options at the task force’s website:

This is not your only chance to share with the task force! These sessions are the first series of stakeholder engagement events we’ll be hosting as the task force completes its work. We’ll ask different focus questions to different groups in the future. If you want to be notified of future task force stakeholder engagement, please email to be added to our stakeholder email list.

About the task force on shelter: The Minnesota legislature create the task force on shelter last year and asked it to develop standards for shelters and to explore state oversight of shelters. The task force has no decision making power over state laws or statutes, but it will be submitting recommendations to the legislature later this year. The task force has a mix people with different experiences: people who have experienced homelessness, people who advocate on this issue, people who run shelters, people in government, and others. Learn more about the task force at its website: