Chris Serres | Star Tribune
Reporter | Social Services

Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune.

Serres 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.


'Geography is destiny' for Minnesota families coping with disabilities

With families desperate, thousands are uprooting themselves in Minnesota because they can't get the help they need where they live.


'No child with a terminal illness should have to wait for Medicaid services'

Emily and David Gold keep the small bedroom where their daughter Lizzie once lived exactly as she left it. Her favorite flowered dress hangs on…


Martin Segal, groundbreaking pathologist and master clarinetist, dies at 98

Segal founded and led the first nationally accredited pathology lab in the Twin Cities at what is now Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.


Ex-official accuses DHS of retaliation after he raises concerns of racial bias

Mohamed (Mourssi) Alfash, who worked within the Office of the Inspector General, alleges he was pushed out soon after he began raising the concerns.


Minnesota launches new housing benefit for poor seniors and people with disabilities

Nearly 8,000 people will receive housing support under the new Medicaid benefit.


State pressures Indian bands to repay $25M in Medicaid overpayments

Documents suggest DHS knew about Medicaid overpayments in 2015.


Leech Lake Band says Minnesota officials approved millions of dollars in wrongful Medicaid payments

Leech Lake Ojibwe refuse to repay $13.3 million in alleged overbillings.


Minnesota overpaid $25M to two tribes for substance abuse treatment

The overpayments, made over a period of five years, were made to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to provide Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependency.


Feds seek to extradite Mpls. day care operator accused of murder

Sylwia Pawlak-Reynolds has refused to return to the U.S. from Poland to face questioning, citing a fear of being imprisoned and separated from her infant son, who remains under her care in Poland.


Minnesota DHS official says she was punished for speaking out

Faye K. Bernstein said she raised alarms about the legality of contracts at the social services agency. Lawmakers have renewed calls for breaking up the Minnesota Department of Human Services amid leadership disarray.