MN Transition Coalition News - August 22, 2022

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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.

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Motivational Interviewing: The “WD-40” Of Behavior Change

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Over the past four decades, motivational interviewing (MI) has developed a robust evidence base as a counseling technique to help individuals with substance use disorders facilitate behavioral change. Because MI emphasizes the partnership between the patient and the provider as a foundation of behavior change, there is a growing body of research showing MI to have the potential to assist patients who are poorly engaged in care with a range of mental health conditions. Additionally, current research shows that MI has been further adapted for use with racial-ethnic minority groups to enhance its...Read more

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Chaska
in partnership with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
5th Annual
Golf Tournament and Online Auction

Help us make a difference while enjoying a beautiful day of golfing at one of Minnesota’s finest courses. The funds raised will help secure a facility to aid in transitioning our homeless veterans back into the community as self – sustaining citizens.

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Apply Today at MDVA

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers meaningful, rewarding careers in skilled trades and crafts, healthcare, professional and administration fields, and much more – all with competitive salaries and great State of Minnesota benefits.

At MDVA, we are confident you will find a career path that is diverse, team-oriented and focused on making a real difference serving Minnesota Veterans and their families.

We are a Veteran-friendly employer committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and maintain an Affirmative Action plan. While we are a Veteran-friendly employer, we also hire non-Veterans as well.

Sign-up for the MDVA Jobs Bulletin e-newsletter to receive our job postings and job search tips.

Free Training to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

The State of Minnesota is recruiting, training, and deploying at least 1,000 new certified nursing assistants for Minnesota long-term care facilities experiencing staffing shortages. The effort is a partnership between state government, colleges, and long-term care providers led by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Once trained, the CNAs are eligible for employment at Minnesota long-term care facilities that are facing severe staffing shortages.

Learn more here.

Hiring Now!

We are currently hiring for Human Services Technicians (HST)/Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Food Service Workers and other support roles in the Minnesota State Veterans Homes located throughout the state. Additional skilled and professional opportunities may be available in our MDVA Programs & Services Division and MDVA Central Office. What you’ll find at MDVA:

  • $2,500 new hire bonus for qualifying roles (conditions apply to bonus amounts).
  • Competitive pay.
  • Full or part-time positions. Day, evening or night shifts.
  • Career enhancement and educational opportunities.
  • Low cost, comprehensive medical and dental insurance. Paid holidays and generous vacation, sick leave and paid parental leave.
  • State of Minnesota retirement plan.
  • Employee referral bonus (conditions apply to bonus amounts).
  • Welcoming, inclusive team environments.
  • Better staffing ratios allowing staff to develop family-like relationships with Residents in our Minnesota Veterans Homes
  • High-quality CMS ratings for the Minnesota Veterans Homes.

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Task Force on Shelter

You may be aware that the Minnesota legislature established a Task Force on Shelter last year. The legislature asked the group to develop standards for shelters and to explore state oversight of shelters. The task force can’t change state laws, but it will give its recommendations to the legislature later this year.

During August and September, the task force is collecting feedback on the draft standards and gathering initial stakeholder input on oversight. People can share their thoughts in different ways, including: 1) an online comment form, 2) online facilitated conversations, and 3) self-guided community conversations. This email provides information and materials related to the online comment form.

We appreciate your assistance sharing this information with your networks as soon as possible.

Public comment form access

Anyone can access the public comment form online. (There is also a Spanish language version.) The survey will be available until September 23. If you have questions or trouble accessing the form, please contact Kristina Krull at

What comments can be shared

There are twelve draft standards available for comment. Participants can comment on as many standards as they wish. The form asks two questions about each standard:

  • What about the standard do you find reassuring, should you or someone you care for need shelter?
  • What about the standard do you find concerning, should you or someone you care for need shelter?

The task force also wants public input on how the state should oversee shelters to ensure they meet the standards. The form will ask people these questions:

  • General public, particularly people who have experienced homelessness and/or are advocates:
    • What would you like to see happen within shelters to enforce the standards?
    • What role would you like the state to have in overseeing shelters? For example, the state could make all shelters get certified to operate or could run a statewide complaint line about shelters.
  • Shelter administrators or staff:
    • What aspects of the state’s oversight of shelters are working well?
    • What aspects of the state’s oversight of shelters aren’t working well?
    • If you could reimagine the purpose and process of the state’s oversight of shelters, what would it look like?

More useful information

If online comment forms like this are not how you like to provide feedback, you can share your thoughts in other ways. The Task Force on Shelter website explains how else to provide feedback. You can also sign up for our stakeholder engagement subscriber list at the bottom of our website. We’ll email that list a copy of our final report at the end of the year.

Tenant Talk: Housing Is Built with Ballots Is Now Available!

Tenant Talk connects with residents on the housing policy issues affecting their lives. This biannual newsletter is for tenants, residents and other low-income renters, and was created to engage low-income people in housing advocacy. Tenant Talk covers issues of importance to low-income residents, like Section 3 work requirements, the budget and appropriations process, and disaster housing.

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