MN Transition Coalition News - September 2, 2022

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September Speakers Bureau  

The Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness hosts a weekly webinar and the opening 20 minutes of the webinar on the first Wednesday of each month is reserved for Speakers Bureau members to share. Anyone who has lived experience of homelessness is welcome to sign-up to share through the Speakers Bureau. This is open time each month for lived experience experts to share ideas and feedback with the webinar audience. Additional details can be found on this flyer.     

The next webinar Speakers Bureau will be on Wednesday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. (shifted from the first Wednesday of the month due to the holiday week). There is a monthly prep session held the Tuesday before the webinar. The prep session will be Tuesday, September 6 from 3:00-3:30 p.m. Follow this link to join the prep session. This is an ongoing opportunity that happens each month.  

Please email or call Elizabeth at 651-248-5548 with any questions or to sign up to join the Speakers Bureau. 


Partnering with Purpose Series - Interventions: Transitioning from Crisis to Treatment

Tuesday, Sep 6 2022 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

This CE event is intended to help attendees:

  1. Gain general knowledge of substance use disorder, specifically around individuals who are unwilling to seek treatment for their condition.
  2. Learn valuable insight into the addictive brain, general patterns of active addiction and help participants understand how one makes decisions while actively using psychoactive substances.
  3. Begin to possess the language of addiction and learn how to effectively speak to individuals who are actively using.
  4. With this skill, participants will understand how to move active users into a safe setting so they can heal.

Learn clinical pearls to prevent over and underdiagnosing ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders in context of complex trauma.

Click Here to Register


Celebrate Recovery. Spread Hope.

Bring your family and friends and join Christian Family Solutions for the 5th Annual We Walk for Recovery event hosted by WEcovery at Beyond Brink. This FREE outdoor event takes place on Saturday, September 3rd at Spring Lake Park, shelters 1 and 2, in North Mankato. Together, we can support those in our community who are celebrating recovery!

The Welcome Address will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a walk around Spring Lake and an afternoon filled with fun and fellowship, games and food. Join our team for the walk (Look for our bright green t-shirts!) or simply stop by our table and say hello.




Work at MDVA


  • Cook (application deadline Sept. 6)



Silver Bay





New Men's Sober Living Homes

The Drew Horowitz family of businesses is so excited to welcome another sister company into its fold. Introducing Recovery Homes of Minnesota! Our new men's sober living homes are located in the most desirable neighborhoods in St. Paul. With dignity and supportive community, we offer our men private, single rooms and safe walls to call home! For more information please contact or call him at 847-977-1597. Make Recovery Homes of Minnesota your home for healing!


Task Force on Shelter

You may be aware that the Minnesota legislature established a Task Force on Shelter to develop standards for how shelters engage with their residents and recommendations about shelter oversight to assure those standards are met. When their work is complete, it will be submitted to the legislature for consideration.

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

We appreciate your assistance sharing this information on community conversations and the materials attached with your networks as soon as possible. We will continue accepting feedback from these conversations until September 23.

How community conversations work

Community Conversations are self-guided, group conversations. The beauty of this method of engaging stakeholders is that the conversation can happen anywhere, at any time, with anyone interested in participating. They don’t require a trained facilitator, just someone willing to lead the conversation with the help of a script and someone to take group notes. The only thing necessary to have a conversation is the Community Conversation Packet attached to this email or available on the Task Force on Shelter website. Note that a Spanish version of the packet is also available on the shelter website. Materials include:

  1. Facilitator’s guide: This guide helps you prepare and lead a community conversation.
  2. Note-taking instructions: This tells the note-taker how to take their notes and turn them in.
  3. Our Thoughts—About our group: This form is for taking notes about the group itself.
  4. Our Thoughts—About a shelter standard: This form is for taking notes about the group’s thoughts.
  5. Our Thoughts—About shelter oversight: This form is for taking notes about the group’s thoughts.
  6. The task force’s draft standards: This has the 12 draft standards for you to review.

There are more standards to review than most groups could cover in one hour, although groups can meet as long as they want to meet. The person acting as the facilitator will ask the group to choose which standards they want to review, while still allowing time to ask two or three general questions related to oversight.

Copies of the draft standards can be printed for each participant on-site, or a few copies can be passed around the group. The facilitator can also read the standards out loud.

What to do with feedback

The deadline for returning the feedback forms is September 23.

We hope organizations receiving this information and encouraging conversations are willing to print materials for conversations, gather the paper results, and mail them in a batch to the designated mailing address below:

Task Force on Shelter project, C/O Management Analysis and Development, 658 Cedar Street, Room 300, St. Paul, MN 55155


If you have any questions about the Task Force or this community conversation initiative, please email At the beginning of the message, please say that this message is for the Task Force on Shelter.

There are also other ways for people to provide feedback besides community conversations. The Task Force on Shelter website explains the other methods. 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.



Gateway Recovery Center

We are excited to announce that we are now in-network with all Optum, UnitedHealthcare and Medica plans, providing increased access to care while keeping out-of-pockets costs minimal, if not zero.

Experience the difference. Call us at 1.833.DETOX.80 to speak to a LIVE Admissions Representative 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or a VOB request online for immediate assistance.

NorthStar Regional Program Availability

Phone number for all Admissions: 1-833-NSR-HOPE (1-833-677-4673)

Email:  -  Fax: 763-225-4470

Program availability changes daily, click here to check our website for updates.

Residential Treatment Programs

Otsego – Riverwood Treatment Center,  Men’s Residential Treatment Center –  10 Beds Now Available

Shakopee,  Men’s Residential Treatment Center –  4 Beds Now Available

Chaska,  Women’s Residential Treatment Center – 1 Bed Now Available

Intensive Outpatient Program with Lodging

Otsego – Riverwood Treatment Center,  Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging –  Bed Availability Beginning September 12th

Chaska,  Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging –  2 Beds Now Available, Women’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging – Bed Availability Beginning October 1st    

Maple Grove,  Men’s Intensive Outpatient with Lodging –  4 Beds Now Available

Sober Housing

Men’s Sober Housing –  Bed Availability Beginning October 1st    

Women’s Sober Housing –  Bed Availability Beginning October 1st    

Intensive Outpatient Program

Chaska,  Men’s and Women’s Day and Evening Intensive Outpatient Program – No Wait List – Immediate Openings Available

Maple Grove  Men’s and Women’s Morning Intensive Outpatient Program – No Wait List – Immediate Openings Available

Men’s and Women’s Evening Intensive Outpatient Program – No Wait List – Immediate Openings Available

Mental Health Services/Telehealth Counseling

We provide mental health counseling to new and existing clients in office and using telehealth services. To schedule an appointment, please call 952-974-3999.