Reporter | Social Services

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.

Troubled Minnesota disability services provider accused of $4M Medicaid fraud

State investigators claim to have found more than $4 million in fraudulent billings.

Where to get fentanyl test strips in Minnesota

Fentanyl test strips are now legal in Minnesota and are available at no cost through the following providers:Steve Rummler Hope Network: Rainbow…

As fatal overdoses surge, demand for fentanyl test strips grows in Minnesota

More than 100,000 of the lifesaving strips have been distributed since they became legalized.

After injury, Mpls. woman takes fight for bus safety to Capitol

For a retired 86-year-old teacher with a brain injury from a fall at a bus stop, every step is a struggle.

State contract delays thrust mobile mental health crisis services into uncertainty

Crisis responders say the contract delays have already disrupted the life-saving service.

Citing failures, Minnesota DFL lawmakers push juvenile justice system reforms

The proposals would be the most significant changes in more than a generation

Minnesota's juvenile justice system is broken. Colorado shows how it could be better.

In Minnesota, as in much of the country, alternative approaches to handling youth crimes have been slow to gain public support. But Colorado has overcome these obstacles through a series of hard-won legislative victories and a commitment to measuring outcomes.

'Life-threatening' cold has shelters and outreach workers scrambling to get homeless inside

Emergency measures are being rolled out across the state, as county agencies and nonprofits try to prevent people from getting seriously ill or dying in the cold. Shelters were squeezing in cots and mats and extending hours so that people could stay through the day.

How extended probation for young Minnesotans can become a 'backdoor to prison'

Extended youth probation was once heralded as an innovative alternative to prison for adolescents who commit violent crimes. Instead, an alarming number end up incarcerated for minor probation offenses.

Searching for a senior home? A new tool helps Minnesotans screen out unsafe providers

The website is a collaboration of elder advocates and the state Department of Health.