MN Transition Coalition News - October 3, 2022

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Minnesota experienced record drug overdose deaths in 2021, and too many friends, family members and neighbors are struggling with addiction. Your input is needed to improve Minnesota's substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system and save lives.

In the coming months, several partners will join forces to host an SUD Shared Solutions Summit where participants will begin work on a three-to-five year strategic action plan to improve Minnesota's SUD system. To help inform the planning of this summit, partners are hosting two facilitated listening sessions on Oct. 12, 2022, to identify and better understand opportunities, needs, gaps and bottlenecks in Minnesota’s SUD system.

What: Listening sessions to help inform upcoming Minnesota SUD Summit

When: Two sessions on Oct. 12, 2022; one from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and one from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Virtual on Webex

Who's invited: Substance use disorder professionals, mental health professionals and social service workers (including organizations whose members reflect religious, spiritual and secular pathways of recovery), and individuals and families affected by substance use disorder

Who's hosting: The listening sessions and forthcoming summit are a collaborative effort between Project Turnabout, Niyyah Recovery Initiative, Turning Point, The Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health, the American Indian Chemical Dependence Advisory Council, Alluma, Minneapolis College, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor's Office.

The interactive listening sessions will begin with a panel of experts providing an overview of the status of several important areas related to SUD services, such as: prevention, access to services, rural health disparities, racial and ethnic disparities, finance strategies, workforce opportunities, and more.  Participants will be asked to give feedback on these issues, and to offer ideas for content at the SUD Shared Solutions Summit, share legislative ideas, and generate enthusiasm and a call for action related to the upcoming summit.

Registration is required for the listening sessions.

Your feedback will help shape the upcoming summit, a shared vision for Minnesota's response to SUD and the plan to help Minnesota achieve that vision.

If you have questions about the listening sessions or next year's summit, please email

Fall Job Training Starts October 3

The Takoda Institute's fall training programs begin on October 3. In just three weeks to six months, and at no cost, graduates can enter a new career in health and human services, construction and logistics, or information technology. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend the next enrollment session on Monday, September 26, at 9:45am. The session will take place on Zoom and in-person on our campus at 1845 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. 




Department of Minnesota American Legion Family Fall Conference

Start: October 27 @ 8:00 am CDT
End: October 29 @ 5:00 pm CDT

River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301

The Fall Conference is one of our most important gatherings of the year. It is our annual school of instruction, and we hope it is the kind of event you can talk about when you get home.

By being here, you have shown your dedication to our great organizations.

There will be some committee meetings on Thursday afternoon with the DEC meeting Thursday evening. General Training Sessions will begin Friday, Oct. 28, and finish Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.

Who: Hosted by the Department Convention Committee

Cost: Registration received by Oct. 14: $15
Registration received after Oct. 14: $18
Registration at the door: $25

How to sign up: 

Click here to download PDF form and mail in your registration. The form has information on lodging.

Click here to download a Word doc to fill out and pay for participation in breakfast and lunch buffets.

We look forward to seeing all of you wonderful Legion Family Members at the Fall Conference!








Call for Submissions: New Profit’s Unlocked Futures Cohort

New Profit to Invest $800,000 in Eight Leaders Impacted by the American Legal System

Applications will be open through October 13, 2022 at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. A recording of the informational session held by the Unlocked Futures team can be found here.

Launched in 2017, New Profit’s Unlocked Futures aims to increase visibility, remove barriers to capital, and build community with social entrepreneurs and communities who have been directly impacted by the American legal system. These barriers—including lack of access to formal job training, limited housing options, and hiring restrictions due to criminal records—leave 60 percent of formerly incarcerated individuals unemployed one year after their release, contributing to the recidivism cycle that damages so many communities. Entrepreneurship is one of the most viable economic pathways for the formerly incarcerated to escape this cycle, live with dignity, and contribute positively to their communities. Unlocked Futures aims to open the opportunity equation and remove barriers to entrepreneurship for people whose experience with the American legal system provides them with unmatched expertise and insight into how we build alternatives to incarceration and improve the current system.

To date, Unlocked Futures has invested in 16 game-changing organizations led by visionary social entrepreneurs. For this next cohort, we are seeking to invest in and provide capacity-building support to eight innovative organizations. You can read more about the creation of Unlocked Futures in this Fast Company piece.

Click Here for More Information and to Apply

The NDN Changemaker Fellowship

This 12-month Fellowship will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers each year across Turtle Island (also known as North America), which includes the post-colonial regions of the United States and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Canada and Mexico. Grant applications will open in September 2022. Changemaker Fellows selections will be made in February 2023 with the new cohort of fellows beginning April 1, 2023.

Click Here for More Information



With the homeless response system being overburdened and the lack of capacity for emergency shelter in Greater Minnesota, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless is releasing a Special Request for Proposals focused on diversion. According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, diversion strategies and practices assist people to resolve their immediate housing crisis by accessing alternatives to entering emergency shelter (including motel shelter programs) or the experience of unsheltered living. This typically occurs at the point people request emergency services, such as entry into emergency shelter, or could take place in a day center or through outreach before a person spends a night unsheltered.

In an effort to ensure that diversion practices include financial support to make it more effective, Open Your Heart is providing funding to support programs in Greater Minnesota, outside the seven-county metro area. Too often individuals and families have to leave their community in order to access resources and/or they are unable to go to a region that their support is located in. When done well and with financial support, diversion can be a solution to either of these issues. Please note that priority will be given to agencies without significant operating budgets/unrestricted reserves. 

Eligible Activities – Due to a need for common understanding of terminology, please refer to *this website from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. It clarifies the terms prevention, diversion, and rapid exit, explains how they differ from each other, and offers considerations for implementation. 

  • payment for transportation in order to stay with a friend or family member 

  • assistance with past-due rent and/or utility bills of the person seeking assistance

  • assistance in paying utility bills

  • gas or grocery gift cards for the friend or relative with whom the person has been staying

  • assistance to enroll into programs that require a fee. Examples of this are:

    • some landlord risk mitigation programs require people to pay a set amount in order to be a participant of the program

    • treatment centers may require out of pocket fees that insurance does not cover

  • Assistance in paying fines or fees in order to prevent serving jail time and/or losing their driver’s license with a maximum grant award of $500 per recipient

  • Other assistance that will prevent people from entering an emergency shelter, living outdoors and/or living in a place not meant for human habitation 

Grant Amount

Up to $10,000

Grant Deadline

September 30th, 2022, by 11:59pm

Organization Eligibility 

  • Agencies must serve Minnesotans experiencing homelessness as the agency’s primary function

  • Agencies must operate outside of the seven-county metro area

  • Agencies cannot have received/been awarded an OYH grant within the 2022 calendar year

  • Agencies must have 501(c)3 status OR be recognized as tax exempt by the IRS (i.e., units of government or tribal governments) OR use a fiscal agent with 501(c)3 status

How to Apply 

Please click HERE to submit your request by 11:59 PM on Friday, September 30, 2022.


Please email with any questions.