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

State tests new fingerprinting system for checking caregivers

An ambitious effort to intensify criminal background checks for tens of thousands of Minnesota caregivers will roll out this month as state officials respond to reports that people with criminal histories were caring for the elderly and other vulnerable populations.

Updated: July 19, 2014, - 09:24 AM

Feb. 2: Tighter screening being sought for Minnesota's caregivers

Fingerprints and computer checks would bolster a “flawed” system of background checks.

Updated: July 18, 2014, - 11:07 PM

For mental health patients, an unmarked ride to psychiatric care

Local authorities and companies across Minnesota are testing ways to transport mental health patients without stigma of flashing lights.

Updated: July 16, 2014, - 10:02 PM

24-year-old likely to be released soon from Minn. sex offender program

During federal court hearing for a young sex offender, the state commits to “expedited process.”

Updated: July 15, 2014, - 09:36 PM

Minnesota's sex offender program criticized

Witnesses say program fails to give treatment relevant to age, gender and severity of conduct.

Updated: July 14, 2014, - 10:18 PM

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: July 12, 2014, - 10:59 PM

Review: 'Factory Man,' by Beth Macy

NONFICTION: The story of how Bassett Furniture Co. adapted – for good and bad – to the global economy.

Updated: July 11, 2014, - 05:10 PM

Minnesota sex offender case sets off furor

Expert panel and state can’t agree whether sex offender remains a risk. Federal judge orders an expedited review.

Updated: June 25, 2014, - 11:15 PM

Weak Minnesota home care rules victimizing the frail and sick

Home health care companies, which deploy more than 100,000 personal care assistants in Minnesota, operate without the kind of oversight that is routinely given to licensed care facilities such as nursing homes, and their workers are often low paid and poorly trained.

Updated: June 22, 2014, - 07:41 AM

Attorney general alleges coverup over sex offender's release

Serial rapist is accused of shredding “fantasy logs.”

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 08:47 PM

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