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 plans online 'report card' for you to gauge assisted-living facilities

Industry is less regulated than nursing homes.


Report calls for stronger oversight of Medicaid spending for disabled, elderly

Minnesota spent roughly $2.4 billion in 2015 on home and community services.


Breaking through the epidemic of loneliness

With isolation a major health risk, agencies reach out to older Minnesotans.


Minn. health regulators can't keep up with abuse reports

Flooded hot line has families of vulnerable adults waiting months for investigations.


Review: 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,' by Matthew Desmond

NONFICTION: Author follows eight Milwaukee families that lost homes and argues that the lack of affordable housing helps create poverty.


Advocates for disabled send a distress signal to legislators

Without pay reform for personal care aides, 'people will die,' they tell legislators.


St. Cloud Children's Home sanctioned for health, safety violations

State regulators have placed its license on conditional status.


Review: 'The New Odyssey,' by Patrick Kingsley

NONFICTION: This powerful, important book by a journalist for the Guardian examines how a humanitarian crisis of refugees got recast as a security crisis.


Ex-official at Minn. treatment center who sexually assaulted patient had long criminal history

The incident underscores serious gaps that still persist in Minnesota's system for screening thousands of caregivers and other staffers who care for vulnerable adults and children.


Sex offenders appeal federal ruling on constitutionality of state treatment program

They won in St. Paul, lost in St. Louis.