Region 9 Fall Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended and presented at the Region 9 Fall Conference on September 27! A special thanks to South Central College for hosting the event.

Congratulations to the following Region 9 award winners:

Community Collaboration: REM Heartland
Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA: Deb Pipes
Outstanding Child Foster Care: Bruce and Cheryl Thompson
Outstanding Staff Achievement: Tom Henderson
Outstanding Treatment Foster Care: PRL1 - HSI - The Mentor Network

Presentations and Post-tests

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8:15 - 8:45 AM

Welcome, Legislative Update, and Awards
William Anderson, MSSA Region 9 Board Chair
Christina Zeise, MSSA Executive Director 

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Presentation
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota presented by Sun Yung Shin 

10:00 - 10:15 AM 
Break / Visit the Exhibits 

10:15 - 11:30 AM

Breakout Sessions
  • Our Opioid Epidemic...My Story of Survival presented by James G. Marthaler from Rice County Social Services
  • Racism and a Restorative Justice Model presented by Sun Yung Shin
  • Youth Homelessness—The REACH Drop-In Center presented by Tasha Moulton from Lutheran Social Services-The REACH Drop-In Center
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM    
Lunch / Visit the Exhibits
12:45 - 2:00 PM 

Breakout Sessions 

  • The Future Has Arrived! Using Technology in Person-Centered Supports presented by Kathy Nesheim-Larson from REM Minnesota on behalf of Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota
  • Children's Mental Health: Trends and Treatment Options presented by Todd Archbold from PrairieCare and Emily Thompson from PrairieCare Medical Group-Southern MN
  • Minnesota's Changing Demographics and the 2020 Census presented by Allison Liuzzi from Minnesota Compass/Wilder Research
  • The Great Game of Power presented by Julia Tindell from Minnesota Alliance on Crime
    *this session is limited to 25 participants. The session will be repeated at 2:15 PM.
2:00 - 2:15 PM
Break / Visit the Exhibits 
2:15 - 3:30 PM 

Breakout Sessions

  • A Closer Look: Disparities in the Child Welfare System presented by Christina Zeise from MSSA
  • Respectfully Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Youth presented by Alex Jackson Nelson from MN Department of Human Services—Child Safety and Permanency
  • Supporting Minnesota's Family Caregivers presented by Elaine Spain from Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging
  • The Great Game of Power presented by Julia Tindell from Minnesota Alliance on Crime 
    *this session is limited to 25 participants 
3:30 - 4:30 PM  Business Meeting in Conference Room A 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

MSSA does not refund individual or agency member dues.

MSSA does not refund registration fees, unless MSSA receives written notification of cancellation 3 weeks prior to the event. There is a $25 processing fee for all refunds. Event registration fees can be transferred to another person. In some circumstances, refunds may not be available, in these cases the specific refund policy will be listed on the registration information.