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.


Minnesota launches pioneering Medicaid program to combat homelessness

Minnesota becomes the first state to offer housing support services in its basic Medicaid health plan.


Minn. officials encouraged as long-term care deaths drop tenfold

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm also cautioned that the virus still presents challenges.


Stronger senior care protections sought across Minnesota

As lawmakers reconvene this week for a special session, elder care advocates and families are renewing their push for new consumer safeguards to protect thousands of seniors who live in lightly regulated assisted- living facilities.


Minnesota reopens adult day centers for people with disabilities

Many programs have struggled financially during pandemic.


Minnesota will let some family members inside senior homes

For the first time in four months, families will be allowed to visit their loved ones inside senior care homes, as Minnesota health authorities cautiously lift lockdown restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among vulnerable older adults.


Complaints of evictions in Minn. senior care homes up nearly 30% during pandemic

They are the top reported grievance to the ombudsman's office, with 150 complaints lodged between March 1 and the end of June, records show.


Minnesota senior living facility settles charges of racial bias

A care worker was subjected to epithets, according to a legal settlement announced Tuesday by the state Department of Human Rights.


Virus leaves disability service providers on brink of collapse

Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily since March, and after months of layoffs and furloughs, there are growing fears that this often-overlooked piece of the social safety net may collapse.


For first time in months, nursing home residents able to visit with loved ones

State health officials are seeking to balance the risk of infection with ills caused by prolonged isolation.


Minnesota allows window visits at long-term care facilities

Since late March, visitors have been all but banned from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the state. "It has been utterly heartbreaking," said Jean Peters, a nurse and president of Elder Voice Family Advocates. "People are literally dying of loneliness."