MN Transition Coalition News - May 31, 2022

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Parenting Support Groups

Club Mom

Club Mom is a community health gathering for African-American women, ages 19 and up who are pregnant and/or parenting children, 0-5 years. The group is led by Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health staff. As a member of the group, you will have the opportunity to connect with one another, enjoy dinner, and participate in helpful guest speaker presentations. Childcare is provided during the presentation hour so that you can focus on learning information such as: stress management, child-safety practices, and resources such as health insurance and healthy child development. Currently, all meetings are held virtually until further notice.

• More information and to get the meeting link: 651-266-1545

Club Dad

Club Dad is a monthly gathering including dinner and educational sessions for African-American men who are fathers. Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health in partnership with Ujaama Place hosts the meetings. Engaging conversations take place through the use of the Ujamaa Place curriculum which assists fathers with life transformation. Examples of possible discussion topics include: building positive parenting relationships, tools for stress management, strategies to overcome barriers such as education and employment and financial literacy. Club Dad is designed to support men in becoming better fathers and partners. Currently, all meetings are held virtually until further notice.

• More information and to get the meeting link: 651-266-1572



ACA's 152nd Congress of Correction in New Orleans, LA from August 4-7, 2022

Congress workshop titles are posted, please check on the Conference Details tab for that information. Housing and registration are now open. Click Here for Details


Now Hiring | Criminal Record OK!

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

Big Stone County

Blue Earth County

Cottonwood County

Crow Wing County

Dakota County

Goodhue County

Hennepin County

Itasca County

Kandiyohi County

Lyon County

Polk County

Ramsey County

Roseau County

Scott County

Washington County


Metro Area Hiring Events

See the Career Fair / Networking event calendar for details about these job clubs, career fairs, business specific hiring events, and events in other Minnesota cities. Email or text the event reminder to your cell phone before an in-person event using the button on the calendar header. 

May 30 - June 5

  • In-Person: Hiring Event with Anoka County: Wednesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CareerForce-1201 89th Ave NE #235, Blaine to meet with Volkart May, DOC, CenterPoint Energy, Rich's, International Paper, Allied Universal, Rise, Right at Home, AHL, Chick-fil-A.
  • Online: Virtual Hiring Event: Wednesday, June 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Talk with a variety of industries with Minneapolis / St. Paul jobs at this online event. it’s easy to join with a smart phone or computer.
  • Online: Thursday Morning Job Club: Thursday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  We are a group of job seekers meeting by video (or phone) conference to discuss this week's topic “Career Exploration with Labor Market Data.”


New grantee to administer Crisis Housing Assistance Program

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has contracted with Arc Minnesota to provide equitable statewide access to the Crisis Housing Assistance Program.

The Crisis Housing Assistance Program pays up to 90 days of housing assistance for persons of low or moderate income with serious mental illness who require inpatient or residential care for stabilization.

The Arc Minnesota began accepting applications May 13, 2022. Applications are available on their Crisis Housing Assistance Program webpage. A person can apply directly, or they may authorize an “assisting agent” – such as a county or tribal worker, non-profit social service staff, or legal authority – to help them apply for funding through the Crisis Housing Assistance Program.

To request a paper application, call Wendy Gerlach at 952-915-3698.


RS EDEN is Open for Referrals

RS EDEN is accepting referrals for RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT & OUTPATIENT TREATMENT WITH LODGING. Additionally, RS EDEN is offering walk-in and by appointment comprehensive assessments, all-day, Monday – Friday, both in-person and virtually. We are here to connect your clients to care as quickly as possible.

RS EDEN is located in the Twin Cities Metro, but we also serve people from across all of Minnesota. Our residential programs offer 3.1 and 3.5 ASAM levels of care and our men’s and women’s board and lodging offer transitional housing during intensive outpatient treatment. All RS EDEN programs support Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thank you!

Direct Access to Comprehensive Assessments - in-person and virtual without a referral - walk-in and by appointment.

MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9:00AM – 5:00PM at 1025 Portland Avenue; near downtown Minneapolis, with same day admissions to treatment.

Recovery Services Admissions Team:  612-338-0723

  • Admissions Director:  Jennifer Eppel, LADC
  • Division Director:  Nicole Frass, LADC

For 50 years, RS EDEN has supported individuals with substance use disorders, with a person-centered approach to meeting unique needs.

RS EDEN’s mission is to create thriving, just communities where healing occurs and new beginnings are possible. Our services include individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, mental health, support for MAT, health care, independent living skills, and more; all delivered in a trauma-informed environment. Our team of skilled professionals and peers has extensive experience working with diverse and complex challenges, focusing on the strengths of every client.


Dress for Success Twin Cities

Dress for Success Twin Cities provides career development classes and coaching to help you advance your career by creating an individualized Personal Success Plan. Our volunteers are carefully trained to support and encourage you as you define success for yourself and make the small daily changes on your success journey. To get started, you will attend a Personal Success Plan group session where you will meet other new and returning clients who are on a similar journey. After the session, we would love to put together a Confidence Kit for you to pick up or have delivered by one of our volunteers filled with up to ten items of gently used clothing and accessories received through community donations to help build your professional wardrobe. Confidence Kit can take up to three weeks to receive. If you have immediate clothing needs, please utilize these resources:

  • Elim Church (NE Minneapolis) - Clothing services for men, women, and children every Saturday. No appointments needed. 612-789-3591
  • Martha's Closet (St. Paul) - Women's clothing only. 651-224-4728
  • Ready for Success (South Minneapolis) - Women's and men's clothing. 612-872-1509
  • Vine and Branches (Richfield) - Women's and men's clothing. 612-866-4055

Client referrals are easier than ever!  We assist women ages 18 and older with career development and clothing.  Please use this link to refer clients in or feel free to share the link with them to input their own information: We require all new and returning clients to attend a Personal Success Plan session where they meet 5-6 other clients, have a service overview, and share their personal vision of success so we can learn how to best assist them. 

Clients are eligible for up to four clothing packages (we call them Confidence Kits because there are 10 professional clothing items, shoes, accessories, a purse, hygiene products, and sometimes stationary). They will receive an initial package called an Interview Kit, when they land a job they can get an Employment Kit, and can earn up to two additional kits by attending three Monday night emPower Hour sessions, and another one for attending 10 monthly Professional Women’s Group meetings.  After their first year, clients can continue to earn up to two kits a year by staying engaged in our programming. 

In other news, we have moved to a quarterly donation drive schedule instead of weekly. This allows us to truly focus on client needs and services and less. If you’d like to donate clothing, our next event will be on Saturday, August 13. Click here to sign up:


Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Minnesota

This overview outlines a number of criminal justice challenges in Minnesota, presents criminal justice system trends in the state, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative process.

Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Minnesota - CSG Justice Center - CSG Justice Center


FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Expands Second Chance Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

The Biden-Harris Administration is releasing a comprehensive strategy that expands Incarceration to Employment opportunities, as well as the following concrete policy actions as part of a whole-of-government effort to advance employment, bolster reentry, empower formerly incarcerated persons, and strengthen our communities and our economy READ MORE HERE


Request for Proposals ARPA Innovation in Community Safety Grants

Application deadline:  4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

This program is intended to provide support in responding to the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19 and efforts to contain impacts on communities, residents, and businesses and to reduce and respond to increased violence due to the pandemic. This grant fits into ARPA category of services to disproportionately impacted communities, category 3.16 Social Determinants of Health: Community Violence Interventions. These funds require use of evidence based interventions. Two-thirds will be distributed in certain census tracts of Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and one-third will be distributed in certain census tracts of Beltrami and St. Louis Counties.

See which census tracts are eligible: OJP Target Areas

$5 million is available for 11 month grant awards. There is no minimum grant amount. Maximum grant amount is $1,000,000. These are cost reimbursement grants; federal requirements prohibit advancing grant funds up front. Nonprofit agencies; local units of government including cities, counties, townships; and tribal governments are eligible to apply.

To apply: All applications must be submitted via e-grants, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) online grants management system.

See the full Request for Proposals for more details.

For more information, contact

DHS Grant Opportunity

Minnesota’s Department of Human Services is now accepting grant applications from rural and underserved community to support setting up a billing system to bill Medical Assistance through fee-for-service and MCO’s. The RFP closes on June 13, 2022.  Full message from DHS:

Home and Community-Based Services Capacity Grants for Rural and Underserved Communities

Up to three million in grant funding is now available through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to organizations serving rural and underserved communities. The grant application process will be open from May 16 through June 13, 2022, for organizations that are interested in becoming Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers or increasing their ability to provide HCBS. HCBS is any of a variety of activities that allow people to live better while staying in their homes.

Grants may be up to $50,000 and can be used for a wide variety of purposes, as long as it improves the provider’s ability and capacity to deliver HCBS to rural and underserved communities. Ideas for funding may include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff time and costs of training and technical assistance that is required to enroll as a provider in the Medical Assistance waiver programs;
  • Staff time and technical assistance to develop a service that will qualify for reimbursement from the Medical Assistance waiver programs;
  • Translation or interpretation services;
  • Staff time to expand culturally-specific service delivery;
  • Setting up a billing system to bill Medical Assistance through fee-for-service and managed care organizations;
  • Cover the staff time and costs of training required to enroll as a as a Minnesota Health Care Program provider and/or get licensed by DHS.

With these grants, organizations will increase their ability to provide HCBS in Minnesota to one or more of the following focus communities: Indigenous-American Indian, Black and African-born, Asian, Latino, LGBTQ as well as rural and regional centers outside the Twin Cities.

The grants may also expand their organization’s ability to provide services through programs like the, Elderly or Disability Waiver programs, in addition to the Alternative Care Program, Housing Stabilization Services, the Essential Community Supports programs and others.

View the grant application on the DHS Grants and RFPs public website