MN Transition Coalition News - July 25, 2022

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What can we do to prevent emotional burnout among correctional staff?

By Dr. William Winogron Blog, Public Safety Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Correctional Staff, Mental Health, Public Safety, STRENGTH Program

Emotional exhaustion or burnout experienced due to work overload harms employees and the organizations that employ them (Lin, 2013). As Maslach and Leiter (2008) pointed out, emotional “…exhaustion is not something that is simply experienced… it prompts actions to distance oneself emotionally and cognitively from one’s work, presumably as a way to cope.” Emotional burnout is not an end state – rather, it impacts decisions, behaviors, and health (see, for example, Lin, 2013). Significantly, correctional staff experience higher burnout rates than the general population and even police officers (Griffin et al., 2012; Hurst & Hurst, 1997, Keinan and Maslach-Pines, 2007). In fact, Correctional officers experience suicide rates that are 40–100% higher than those of police officers outside of prison (Ferdik F, Smith H, 2020.)

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No further harm: Trauma-informed supports

Join DHS and the Minnesota trauma-informed support trainers for a view of trauma from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities.

Nearly two-thirds of people in the United States have reported one or more traumatic events in their lives. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many people around the world are living in trauma right now. People with intellectual disabilities are at an even higher risk for traumatic experiences.

We will explore the sources of trauma, the effects of that trauma on both a biological and psychological level and the key ingredients for healing.

Whether a person can communicate past trauma or not, we should assume trauma has occurred and approach our support with this perspective in mind. This is a critical aspect to develop required positive-support strategies.


Anyone who supports others, including, but not limited to:

  • Case managers
  • Family members.
  • Lead agency staff
  • Providers
  • State staff.

Dates and times:

Only attend one session

  • 1-4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 8, 2022
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022
  • 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
  • 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022
  • 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022

Each session is limited to 20 participants.


Register via TrainLink. All sessions will be held via WebEx.

Additional details:

Available on the session announcement page


2022 BCA Criminal Justice Information Users Conference

September 27-28, 2022
River's Edge Convention Center | St. Cloud, Minnesota

Join us for this year's conference, where criminal justice professionals will provide information about integrated information services and best practices for a wide audience including all criminal justice agencies.

The BCA's Minnesota Justice Information Services (MNJIS) collects, manages and delivers statewide criminal justice information to its customers through dozens of applications and services. MNJIS staff support and train the users of applications, programs and business practices you'll hear more about throughout the conference. This years conference is designed for the following law enforcement personnel who work with criminal justice applications: Investigators, prosecution, probation, TACs, corrections, patrol, and records clerks.

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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, and you can always search our site for jobs in your area. If you know of anyone who is justice-involved and looking for work, please have them apply online at You can also click here to download a flyer that can be printed or forwarded.

Big Stone County

Blue Earth County

Clearwater County

Crow Wing County

Dakota County

Hennepin County

Itasca County

Kandiyohi County

Lyon County

Ramsey County

Scott County

Washington County



Work at Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Fergus Falls



Silver Bay

St. Paul




Safe and Supportive Sober Living Homes in the Most Desirable Neighborhoods of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Recovery Homes of Minnesota are safe, cost-effective, substance-free sober living environments for men in recovery.

Recovery Homes of Minnesota operates multiple sober living homes for men located in the most desirable neighborhoods of St. Paul. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment that promotes long-term recovery.

Our sober living homes are located in the heart of the Twin Cities recovery community. Situated in the historic neighborhoods near Summit Avenue and Grand Avenue, we’re surrounded by countless meetings of all types, recovery events, coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, and recovery-supportive job opportunities.

Recovery Homes of Minnesota provides fully furnished homes with high-end detail. Each resident will receive their own private bedroom complete with flatscreen TV's, ample closet space and comfortable bedding. Each home is designed to hold a small number of residents who walk their own path toward recovery.

Our homes are private pay only and rent can range from $1000-$2000 per month depending on the home. Numerous studies have shown that most people who live in a sober home after attending treatment have low rates of relapse and are more likely to live healthy and productive lives.

HomeHelpMN Homeowner Assistance Program

HomeHelpMN, managed by Minnesota Housing, makes up to $35,000 available to homeowners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic who have fallen behind on their housing costs. The program covers overdue mortgage payments, past-due taxes, and other housing-related costs incurred since January 2020.

The HomeHelpMN homeowner assistance fund has already received more than 3,700 applications, but we have room in the program to assist thousands more.

We want to reach Minnesota homeowners who have fallen behind on their payments to let them know: HomeHelpMN is still available. Apply today.

Materials to Share

Below we’ve provided content in a variety of formats to make it easy to share. We have many format options and encourage you to use the one or more that suit how your organization works best. You can also share social media posts from Minnesota Housing that can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.                          

Here are materials you can use to share with the people who work with your organization:

  • HomeHelpMN provides up to $35,000 to help homeowners get caught up on overdue house payments and other related expenses. If the pandemic made it harder to pay your bills and you’ve fallen behind, visit or call 800-388-3226 to learn more and begin an application. 
  • HomeHelpMN is Minnesota’s program to help homeowners who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you had an increase in expenses or lost income due to the pandemic and are now behind on your house payments, property taxes, or other related expenses, you may qualify for up to $35,000 to help you get caught up. Thousands of Minnesotans have already applied. There are still funds available to help you. Get started by calling 800-388-3226 or visit
  • HomeHelpMN toolkit: Includes social media messages, sample scripts and printable posters and flyers. (Available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali)