Prisoners or Patients? Task Force

Prisoners or Patients? is a group of volunteers who come together to discuss issues around when the criminal justice and mental health systems connect.  The group is made up of members of The Basilica’s Mental Health Ministry, its Voices of Justice Ministry, and the larger Twin Cities community.  The committee has worked in partnership with NAMI-MN, Minnesota DHS, Hennepin Healthcare, Minnesota State Legislators, Amicus, Minneapolis College, and other organizations. Begun in 2017, this task force has provided educational programming, advocacy efforts, and resource development for the parish and the community at large. 

In late 2019, Prisoners or Patients was charged with developing a mentor program for those leaving prison with mental health concerns.  The Prisoners or Patients Mentorship Program will link mentors of The Basilica of Saint Mary in partnership with re-entering citizens identified by either the Minnesota Department of Corrections or Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation. The trained mentors will accompany the participants re-entering the community, who are struggling with mental health challenges, and who have expressed a desire for a spiritual connection.  These mentors will walk with the participants and help them access resources that will decrease their isolation and assist them as they re-engage and re-connect within the community.  The pilot of this mentorship program is slated for fall of 2021. 

Monthly meetings currently take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm.  For more information, contact Janet Grove.

 

Upcoming Events

Jun 17
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Jul 15
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Angels Unawares
Aug 1
2021
Sunday
at
3:00 PM
Angels Unawares is a bronze life-size sculpture created by Timothy Schmalz depicts a group of migrants and refugees from different cultural and racial backgrounds and from diverse historic periods of...
Habitat for Humanity Build
Aug 2 to Aug 6
2021
Monday
at
(All day)
Habitat for Humanity Annual Build 2021This year we will be back and better than ever with our annual Habitat for Humanity “work camp week”! It’s our 25th year of working on a Habitat home! The build...
Aug 19
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Sep 16
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Oct 21
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Nov 18
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...
Dec 16
2021
Thursday
at
1:00 PM
The Prisoners or Patients Task Force meets virtually the third Thursday of each month for one hour. If you are interested in joining us and discussing how The Basilica can help people coming out of...