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.

State reports sharp drop in backlog of senior home abuse complaints

Health Dept. greatly accelerated review of outstanding maltreatment allegations.

New report to highlight broad failures in state response to elder abuse

Legislative probe uncovered widespread issues that require "immediate action."

After backlash, Minnesota senior facility rescinds huge rent hike

"I think they thought we were old and frail and unable to speak up. But we were very determined to shake people up about this — and we did," said 85-year-old Janet Dahlquist.

Minn. senior community fights 'astronomical' rent increases

Minnesota, like a handful of other states, does not license assisted-living facilities, which means that residents generally have no more rights and protections than renters in an ordinary apartment building.

New Minn. Health Dept. leader pledges to make fight vs. elder abuse a priority

Gov. Dayton has appointed former Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm to lead the Health Department, following highly publicized reports of breakdowns in senior home regulation.

Two young women with disabilities sexually assaulted at Sauk Rapids group home

A male caregiver who worked the overnight shift at a Sauk Rapids group home has been charged with sexually assaulting two female residents who were unable to report the assaults because of their disabilities.

Task force:'Dramatic' reforms needed to end abuse in senior homes

Consumer work group was commissioned by Dayton in wake of Star Tribune probe.

Orono senior home cited in death of woman found 10 hours after fall

The woman died a few weeks after being left on the floor for 10 hours.

State and county officials challenge plans to release serial rapist Duvall

State agency, prosecutors say Thomas Duvall is still fixated on violence.

3 Minnesota sex offenders fight city ordinance that essentially bans them

Offenders have been cleared for release but the city of Dayton's ordinance is so restrictive that they have nowhere to go, lawsuit says.