Chris Serres

Reporter | Social Services
Phone: 612-673-4308
Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune. He writes about issues affecting society's most vulnerable populations, including the poor, elderly, mentally ill and people with cognitive and physical disabilities. He is married and has two children, Dominic, 12, and Emmanuelle, 10. He has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years.

Recent content from Chris Serres

Minnesota Dept. of Human Services plans layoffs in budget squeeze

State’s largest agency moved to eliminate a $19 million deficit by slashing public services and laying off staff members.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 10:59 PM

State authorities pursue new measures to quell violence at mental hospital

As assaults on Minnesota Security Hospital staff rise, plan would shift violent patients to secure facilities.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 04:29 PM

Strategies shift for treating mental illnesses

Facing a shortage of beds and cost pressures, hospitals use outside social workers for help.

Updated: January 19, 2015, - 10:23 PM

Critical shortage of mental health workers prompts call for action

Mental health care in rural Minnesota is at crisis levels.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 12:00 AM

For first time in eight years, Met Council will open list for housing vouchers

The regional housing authority expects up to 70,000 families to apply for just 2,000 cherished spots on a waiting list for housing vouchers.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 11:01 PM

State increases incentives for foster parents to adopt

Program eliminates long-standing penalty that reduced benefits for children adopted by foster parents.

Updated: January 08, 2015, - 10:14 PM

Minnesota falters in fight against home care fraud

Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 06:43 AM

The marketing of home care has shifted into high gear

The once-amicable and highly local business of home caregiving has become a multibillion-dollar industry marked by for-profit franchising and cutthroat competition.

Updated: December 14, 2014, - 06:11 AM

Rapist granted release from Minnesota sex offender program

The release of Robert Jeno, only the third offender ever discharged from the sex offender program, could prove precedent-setting.

Updated: December 05, 2014, - 08:06 PM

Veteran of D.C. turnaround is new medical director of troubled state security hospital

Dr. KyleeAnn Stevens is expected to make significant changes at St. Peter facility.

Updated: December 04, 2014, - 10:35 PM

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