Chris Serres | Star Tribune
Reporter | Social Services

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.


Minnesota caregiver pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman with Alzheimer's

Facility still faces allegations that it hid incident from family members.


Patient at troubled Minn. treatment center sexually abused by staff member

Investigation finds new instances of abuse at East Grand Forks facility that already lost executive director over similar case


Minnesota mental health crisis line gets rescued at the last minute

The state Health Department has agreed to provide money to keep Crisis Connection open until late September.


Carleton anthropologist Russell L. Langworthy, 92, wasn't afraid to get dirt under his fingernails

Friends and relatives remember Langworthy as an eccentric polymath who became so immersed in the rural societies he studied.


Minnesota mental health crisis hot line closing Friday

Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.


Surging number of jail inmates posing threat to Anoka mental hospital

The share of Anoka-Metro's population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.


Two caregivers at Lino Lakes senior home charged with abusing 70-year-old resident

Another worker, who is not identified, recorded portions of the abuse and shared the recordings with Lino Lakes police.


Nightmare finally ends for St. Cloud teacher cured of rare sleep disorder

Michelle Heizelman was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes debilitating condition known as "nightmare disorder," defined by frequent, extremely vivid dreams that usually involve threats to one's survival. Then, after 40 years, came a miracle.


New approach to detecting and treating early psychosis gains a foothold in Minnesota

Goal is to help young patients rally more quickly after traumatic "breaks."


Federal suit says Minn. foster care system failing hundreds of children

In a civil rights action, attorneys for a national child advocacy group allege that the state and Hennepin County have failed to meet their legal obligations to provide secure homes.