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.


Minn. seeks expanded Medicaid dollars for drug treatment

It would help make services available to more low-income people who have been disproportionately affected by the escalating opioid epidemic.


Effort to reform elder care system falls short at Capitol

Weeks of intense negotiation involving Dayton, GOP legislators and a coalition of senior organizations over a bipartisan deal collapsed over the weekend.


Somali child-care providers push back vs. fraud, terror allegations

Past misdeeds of day-care providers fed mistrust, legislative inquiry


Minnesota's legislative auditor will investigate alleged fraud in child-care subsidy program

Legislators requested probe after TV report.


Minnesota GOP calls for crackdown on child care assistance fraud

Key lawmaker calls a report of pilfered money going to overseas terrorists "extremely troubling."


Cutoff in federal funds could imperil children's mental health treatment centers across Minnesota

Ruling will aggravate the state's shortage of youth psychiatric care.


Young Minnesotans with disabilities forced to leave home

Shortage of home health workers pushes the disabled into nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.


State accused of racial bias in crackdown against child abuse

An emerging coalition of black parents, civil rights activists and state legislators is pushing for stronger parental rights and greater oversight of social service agencies.


Child welfare workers illegally taking kids out of Minnesota homes, suit says

In the civil rights suit, attorneys for a group of parents allege that Minnesota's child protection laws are overly broad.


Minnesota Senate passes bill to tighten sex offender, mental health commitment rules

The legislation is in direct response to a court decision earlier this year that permitted the full discharge of a 51-year-old sex offender who has admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls.