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

Official U-turn in release of Minnesota serial rapist

Thomas Duvall, 58, a rapist who has admitted to attacking at least 60 women, dropped his petition for provisional discharge from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) on Monday after both the Human Services commissioner and assistant Hennepin County attorney filed letters to the court last week saying they opposed Duvall’s provisional discharge.

Updated: September 16, 2014, - 10:14 AM

New Minnesota law pushes mental health system to a crisis point

Law gives some inmates priority in state facilities.

Updated: September 14, 2014, - 09:56 PM

St. Paul home-care provider found guilty of bilking Medicaid

Human Services found St. Paul-based Carelinks Home Care overbilled Medicaid by $23K; owner faces jail time for fraud.

Updated: September 10, 2014, - 10:32 PM

Influx of disabled residents leads to clashes in senior housing

At Heights Manor, elderly residents have complained of an increase of physical threats, drug use, thefts, loud music, late-night parties, and disorderly behavior.

Updated: September 08, 2014, - 09:45 AM

Judge expands court oversight of disability reforms

In a harshly worded ruling critical of the state Department of Human Services, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank granted broad new powers to a court monitor, saying delays “can no longer be tolerated."

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 11:47 PM

Jan. 26: Maverick judge to decide fate of sex offenders program

A maverick federal judge could deliver a surprise verdict in a landmark Minnesota sex offender case next month.

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 08:31 PM

July 13: Minnesota not carrying out disability reforms, court monitor says

The monitor for a 2011 settlement have found that the state’s effort has been beset by bureaucratic inertia and missed...

Updated: September 03, 2014, - 08:30 PM

Care aides get little to no training for life-and-death tasks

Many PCAs say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help patients with serious illnesses and disabilities. In Minnesota, more than 100,000 care assistants serve some 36,000 vulnerable patients,

Updated: September 02, 2014, - 02:43 PM

Serial rapist avoids sanctions for destruction of 'fantasy logs'

The ruling deals a blow to the Attorney General Lori Swanson's efforts to portray a convicted serial rapist, Thomas Duvall, as dishonest and manipulative.

Updated: August 29, 2014, - 12:19 AM

Trial on constitutionality of sex offender program set for February

A federal trial that could determine the constitutionality of Minnesota’s sex offender program is set for early February.

Updated: August 22, 2014, - 11:37 PM

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