MN Transition Coalition News - April 1, 2024

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Our commitment is to engage with community partners to increase access to resources, programs and services that people impacted by incarceration may need in order to thrive in communities and reduce individual risk.”    – Kelley Heifort, DOC Director of Reentry Services

! Thank You !

On behalf of the Statewide Training Academy Steering Committee:

We’d love to once again recognize the trainers and moderators who continue to step up and do all the extra work of facilitating Statewide Training Academy (STA). We know the toll this can take on workloads in the office, including leaving things over for supervisors and co-workers to cover. We also know that our trainers and moderators are skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate about this work they do. We are so fortunate to have you as employees in our agencies!

Thank you, also, to the supervisors/managers/directors who take on extra time and responsibility in supporting these folks to do this training and follow their passion. It takes everyone chipping in to support the work that happens at STA.


Abigail Holmquist, Alicia Senenfelder, Dale Arnold, Dawn Odegard, Elizabeth Miller, Jennifer Steuber, Liz Stier, Loren Maurer, Lydia Olsen, Lynn Gatewood, Megan Newland, Paige Mallam, Ross Becker, Sean Laird, Steph Buelow

Carey Guides:

Kari Berg, Andrea Emery, Jackie Nichols, Willie Swanson, Jennifer Thurn


Abby Skwira, Chris Busche, Savanna Johnson, Sean McMonagle


Aarah Saugen, Brent Schmidt, Brian Hibbs, Erik Westberg, Janelle Webb, Joe Arvidson, Joe Betley, Leah Fleming, Lisa Larson, Sarah Johnson, Scott Phillips, Stephanie Buelow, Stephanie Johnson, Wade Lennox


Aaron Langer, Carrie Hansen, Ed Anderson, Elizabeth Miller, Jake Leonhardt, Kendra Sirek, Mary Evers, Sarah Miller, Savanna Johnson, Scott Phillips, Tavis Bergmann

Case Planning:

Carter Diers, Darnell Brethorst, David Fink, Erik Hansen, Jackie Nichols, Jocelyn Worden, Joe Arvidson, Kari Berg, Karly Kostich, Mary Ann Campbell, Mary Evers, Rachel L. Miller, Sarah Eischens, Sean Laird, Stephanie Buelow, Willie Swanson

Predatory Offender Registry (POR):

Kate Adams

Interstate Compact (ICOTS):

Fawn Wilson, Tracy Hudrlik

“Find Your Helpers”: Resources & Information to Assist Persons with Disabling Conditions:

Christen Donley, Kate Erickson, Jennifer Abbas, Peter Larson

Hearings and Release (HRU): 

Tonya Breitkreutz, William McDonald

Agent Safety:

Andre Wohnoutka, Brandy McNally, Brian Maturi, Chris Salazar, Ivory Loftus, Jeremiah Sims, Jesse LeBlanc, Jon Rowe, Kyle Zajicek, Rick Lind, Tabitha Schacht, Tonya Breitkreutz, Willie Swanson

Peer Support & Well-Being:

Leah Fleming, Neal Huemoeller, Sean McIntyre


Amanda Roubinek, Anne Brew, Ashley Pitsiladis, Brian Maturi, John Eichenlaub, Kaitlin Leither, Kaleena Weins, Kelly Henton, Kelly Wheeler, Lisa Johnson, Traci Kurtock



BEMIDJI Transition Coalition, Wednesday, May 8th, 10:00 - 11:00am * click HERE


DULUTH Transition Coalition, Wednesday, June 19th, 1:00 - 2:30pm * click HERE


MID-MN Transition Coalition, Thursday, May 2nd, 11:00am - 12:00pm * click HERE


SOUTHEAST Transition Coalition, Wednesday, May 22nd, 1:00 - 2:00pm * click HERE


STATEWIDE Transition Coalition, Friday, June 14th, 9:30 - 11:30am * click HERE


TWIN CITIES Transition Coalition, Friday, April 12th, 9:30 - 11:30am  * click HERE





April 6th, 2024

11:00am - 2:00pm

Twin Cities Pride Office




Friday, April 12th

8:00am - 4:15pm

Founders Hall

387 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration Tickets, Fri, Apr 12, 2024 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite


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Lunch n' Learn

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

12:00 - 1:00pm, virtual via Eventbrite


At lightning speed within the lunch hour, educators from the U of M Extension Department of Family, Health & Wellbeing will share online resources to use personally and professionally.

Topics covered include mental health & wellbeing, opioids & stimulant use disorders, housing, finances, parenting, and food, health & nutrition.

Reserve your spot at Eventbrite - Lunch n' Learn - U of M Extension




Lunch n' Learn

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

12:00 - 1:00pm, virtual via Eventbrite

Horowitz Health Lunch and Learn Tickets, Wed, May 22, 2024 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite





YMCA Bold Gold, Camp Icaghowan, Amery, WI Ages 12-17, June 30-July 5, 2024


YMCA Bold Gold, Camp Icaghowan, Amery, WI Ages 7-12, July 21-26 and July 28 - Aug 2


YMCA Family Camp, Camp Icaghowan, Amery, WI, September 21-22, 2024


YMCA Camp Olson Longville, MN Ages 9 to 15 June 23-29, 2024


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Notice of Contract Opportunity

Department of Corrections


Project Name: Tenants Rights and Creative Housing Search



On Monday, March 22, 2024 the Department of Corrections requests proposals to deliver a curriculum for incarcerated individuals and those on community supervision, (with specific focus and expertise in the areas of entering into an lease agreement, background checks, housing courts, eviction, retaliation, utility disconnect/shut-off and the cold weather rule), provide tools, and strategies to prepare incarcerated individuals and those on community supervision to effectively search and secure rental housing, know/learn tenant rights and responsibilities.



To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, please send a written request, by email, on or after March 25, 2024 to or follow this link:



Proposals must be received via email or mail no later than 4:00 pm CST, Monday, April 15, 2024. Late proposals will not be considered. This request does not obligate the State to complete the work contemplated in this notice. The State reserves the right to cancel this solicitation. All expenses incurred in responding to this notice are solely the responsibility of the responder.

Request for Proposals / Department of Corrections (



The Minnesota legislature has tasked the MNJRC with developing policy recommendations to transform the pretrial process, including addressing cash bail, here in Minnesota.  As part of this work, we're conducting several community engagement sessions across the state of Minnesota from late spring through the summer and we need you! 

The MNJRC seeks volunteers to support data collection and session facilitation.  Volunteers will commit to attend 1-2 training(s) and offer facilitation and data collection support for at least two 2-hour community engagement sessions in the Twin Cities metro area (or one 2-hour community engagement session for those located outside of the Twin Cities area).

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the interest form. We will be following up in the next month with more details about the trainings (which will happen in April) and the timing of the sessions!


Direct any questions to Community Impact Director Kayla Richards at



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The University of Minnesota is looking for individuals to take part in an interview for a project focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on health services and social support for pregnant and postpartum people who were incarcerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Participation: We are hoping to interview 60 people who were pregnant and/or postpartum and incarcerated (in prison or jail) between March 2020 and January 2022, who are now released and in the community. Interviews will be conducted over the phone or ZOOM, approximately 60 minutes.

The purpose of these interviews is to hear directly from people previously incarcerated to learn more about experiences while incarcerated during the pandemic. Interview questions will ask about your personal experiences while incarcerated, including how you received prenatal care and other health services, your housing, work, and recreation experiences, as well as your contact with loved ones and access to other social supports during the pandemic.  Participation is optional; anyone who participates in an interview will receive a $50 gift card for their time.


Am I eligible to participate? 

Incarcerated (in prison or jail) between March 2020 and January 2022

Were pregnant or postpartum while you were incarcerated

Are now released and residing in the community

Speak English

Are over the age of 18


If you are interested in participating in an interview, or want to learn more, please reach out to our study team via email at or text/call phone at 651-504-2809.


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Reflections IOP current has immediate openings at the following locations:


St. Paul


Supportive Housing with no deposit or money required has immediate openings at the following locations:

Duluth- Men's

Duluth- Woman

Summit Ave- Woman

Reflections has recently added a Telehealth Program- please feel free to reach out for more details



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