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The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.

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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis at Forensic Services in St. Peter.

Forensic Services consists of statewide programs providing evaluation and treatment to individuals involved with the legal system due to a crime. These programs serve:

  • People committed, under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 253B, to the Human Services Commissioner as Mentally Ill and Dangerous (MI&D) or as a person with developmental disabilities or a related condition who presents a public safety risk.
  • People with mental illness who the court has ordered for evaluation and treatment, under Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, 20.01 and 20.02, before the start of a criminal trial.

Forensic Services volunteer opportunities (PDF) (DHS-6577) include overseeing the trading post for patients and State Hospital Museum tours, arranging intern and volunteer registration and serving as a liaison to the volunteer council. The trading post provides clothing and miscellaneous donated items to meet patients' emergency needs and serves as a thrift shop open for patients.

The volunteer council is a board of directors that administers donated funds for patients’ needs.

The campus is located at:
100 Freeman Drive
St. Peter, MN 56082
507-985-2000


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