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Promoting Justice - Supporting Families: The Healthy Start Act 

The Minnesota legislature recently passed the Healthy Start Act, the nation’s first post-conviction incarceration alternative for mothers, allowing the Commissioner of Corrections to place new mothers into community alternatives. Minnesota Department of Corrections staff, state legislators, advocates, and impacted individuals who supported the bill spoke about the background of this legislation, how it will be implemented, and what its impact will be. The Ombuds for Corrections also provided information on the recent OBFC report on strengthening families of the incarcerated. 
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Watch a video recording of the presentation here.

Introduction and Strengthening Families Report - Ombuds Mark Haase: Brief Overview of Strengthening Families PowerPoint for this section
Remarks -  Senator Kiffmeyer and Representative Becker-Finn 
Overview of Bill, Impacted Parent, and Implementation - Commissioner Schnell, Safia Khan, Autumn Mason, Lori Timlin, Kelley Heifort: Healthy Start Act PowerPoint for this section
Panel and Questions - Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, Autumn Mason, Safia Khan, Kelley Heifort, and Lori Timlin
For more information about the Healthy Start Act:
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