MN Transition Coalition News - August 10, 2022

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Yoga, Brunch, and
a CME/CE Workshop

With Liz Jorgenson, CADC
CME/CE credit(s) available

Thursday, August 11, 9:30–11:30 am CT

Newport Institute – Buffalo, 2642 56th St. NE, Buffalo, MN 55313

For young men, depression and anxiety often manifest in patterns of avoidance, withdrawal from school and social life, and displays of anger and aggression. What can appear to parents as poor or “bad” behaviors are often the telltale signs of severe distress. Our culture still stigmatizes mental health conditions in boys and men, which makes it more difficult for them to ask for help, or even realize they are depressed or anxious. This workshop focuses on the unique presentation of boys when they are suffering, and how clinicians and parents can engage them in conversation and treatment.

Learning objectives:
  • Describe the rates of depression, anxiety, and substance use in young males
  • Identify atypical presentations of depression and anxiety in teen and young adult boys
  • Learn and practice three strategies for engaging young men in the process of assessment and treatment

CE credits available for psychologists*, therapists*, counselors*, and social workers*. Please email for additional continuing education details.
*Dependent on location.

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Critical Connections: Strategies for Fostering Engagement and Retention among People Reentering the Community from Prison or Jail

August 31, 2022, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

The weeks following release from jail or prison can be among the most deadly for people with mental and substance use disorders. Establishing a meaningful connection with these individuals is critical to their survival, continuity of treatment and care, long-term success in their recovery, and the prevention of further justice involvement. This webinar presents three programs with demonstrated success in engagement and retention of clients in treatment and services through the transition from incarceration to the community.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe three organizational strategies to enable programs to better engage and retain clients throughout the reentry process.
  • List three direct-service practices staff can implement to enhance client engagement and retention in services.
  • Note ways that engagement and retention strategies may be similar or different based on rural or urban locations.


  • Steve Adami, MPA, Director, Reentry Division, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Destiny Pletsch, MPA, Reentry Services Manager, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Victoria Westbrook, Reentry Policy Planner, Women’s Gender Responsive Coordinator, San Francisco Adult Probation Department, California
  • Enrique Manrique, Project Director, Serving Children & Adults in Need (SCAN), Laredo, Texas
  • Lu-Anne Haukaas Lopez, Sicangu Lakota Oyate and Mestiza, Senior Learning & Development Advisor, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Chet Adkins, Yupik, Reentry Coordinator and Learning and Development Specialist, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska

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180 Degrees is Hiring

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​At 180 Degrees, you will changes lives - every day.   You will build rich relationships with people from all different backgrounds and life experiences.  That's transformative!

180 Degrees offers training ​and certification programs, plus...    

  • A commitment to equitable wages for all. 
  • $1,500 yearly education reimbursement.
  • Leadership cohorts including professional coaching to advance skills and careers.
  • Generous holiday and time off including Juneteenth as official company holiday. 
  • Safe and sick time is available to all employees. 
  • Annual service and performance awards.
  • Quarterly All Staff gatherings  creating a positive work culture 

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Community Living Infrastructure

Housing is foundational to all other health and human service programs; without stable housing, it is difficult for a person to maintain their physical and emotional well-being, have reliable access to food, as well as sustain employment or consistent income. While housing is widely recognized as a critical component of the human services continuum, counties and tribes have not received consistent funding to build the system infrastructure necessary to support housing in their human services work.
Community Living Infrastructure funding was intended to fill this gap and help local governments establish this needed infrastructure. Since the program began in 2018, the funding has been transformative for the 50 counties and four tribes that have received funding. Figure 1 shows currently participating counties and tribes.

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Applied Care Services is looking for Referrals

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We are sharing with you Native American Women & Incarceration in Minnesota, a report summarizing the work that was done under a Dept. of Justice – Office on Violence Against Women grant project.  The MN Dept. Of Corrections was the grant recipient and Violence Free Minnesota, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, and North West Indian Community Development Center were grant partners.

Under the grant, Native American women who were incarcerated at MN Correctional Facility – Shakopee were interviewed to better understand the connections between their experiences with domestic and sexual violence and their involvement with the criminal legal system. This report summarizes the information gained through those interviews and provides recommendations to better respond to the needs of justice-involved Native American women and hopefully to prevent future victimization.

One of the recommendations is to create a Healing House, safe housing for Native American women focused on healing from trauma.

The project recommendations are much broader than the Healing House. The report includes recommendations to improve programming and supports within Shakopee prison, to change Dept. of Corrections’ policies and practice, to invest in improvements for girls and youth, and to increase the investment in re-entry supports and alternative sentencing.

We encourage you to read the report and look forward to ways in which we can work together to act on these recommendations.

Liz Richards                                                                                                        Nikki Engel

Victim Services & Restorative Justice                                                                Violence Free Minnesota

Dept. of Corrections                                                                                                                                  


Applications accepted while funds are available

HomeHelpMN has lifted the August deadline for applying. 

Homeowners with past-due mortgage payments and other eligible housing expenses can now apply for assistance as long as funds remain.

Fund availability depends on the number of eligible homeowners who apply and the amount of assistance requested. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding availability.

The program budgeted $109 million to help homeowners who experienced a reduction in income or an increase in household expenses as a result of the pandemic. As of July 31, over 4,300 homeowners had requested assistance.

While there is now no application deadline, homeowners with past-due expenses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The HomeHelpMN dashboard is available on the program website. 

To begin an application or learn more, visit or call 800-388-3226.