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.


Surging number of jail inmates posing safety threat to Anoka state 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.


Twin Cities mental health agency to pay $4.5M in federal fraud case

Mental health services company is accused of overbilling for client care.


HCMC seeks to ease patient bottlenecks with new mental health crisis center

Crisis center will be a place for patients to gain strength before re-entering society.


Minnesota surveillance camera ruling a victory for nursing home residents

Resident of a Bemidji nursing home wanted to document poor care.


Minn. sex offenders petition U.S. Supreme Court

Lawsuit claims Minnesota's sex offender program violates the Constitution.


Feds seize $2 million from mental health agency accused of bilking Medicaid

Rare forfeiture move follows evidence of a suspicious wire transfer.