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FAQs: Application Assistants

What is a Safe at Home Application Assistant?
Can I be a Safe at Home Application Assistant?
How can I attend a Safe at Home Application Assistant training?
How long is my application assistant accreditation number valid?

Q: What is a Safe at Home Application Assistant?
A:
A Safe at Home Application Assistant is a victim advocate who has been specially trained to assist eligible people to enroll in Safe at Home. A person who wants to enroll in Safe at Home meets face-to-face with an application assistant to discuss their safety concerns. The application assistant explains generally how Safe at Home works, and together the person and the application assistant determine whether enrolling in Safe at Home is a good safety step for the person to take. If they decide that joining Safe at Home is appropriate, the application assistant helps the applicant with the Safe at Home application paperwork.
Q: Can I be a Safe at Home Application Assistant?
A:

To be a Safe at Home Application Assistant:

  • You must be an employee of a victim service agency; AND
  • The agency you work for must be an office, institution, or center whose mission consists substantially of offering assistance to victims of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, or other crimes of violence; AND
  • You must, as a substantial part of your job duties, provide direct services to victims of the types of crimes listed above.

If you fit the above eligibility criteria, you may become a Safe at Home Application Assistant by:   

  • Successfully completing Safe at Home Application Assistant training sponsored by or on behalf of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State; AND
  • By receiving an accreditation number after filing an Application Assistant Registration and Agreement Form with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
Q: How can I attend a Safe at Home Application Assistant training?
A:
To inquire about upcoming Safe at Home Application Assistant training sessions, call the Safe at Home office at 651-201-1399 or 1-866-723-3035, or send an email to Safe.athome@state.mn.us.
Q: How long is my application assistant accreditation number valid?
A:

As long as you remain an employee for the community-based organization that is indicated on the Application Assistant Registration and Agreement Form we have on file for you, your status of being an active Safe at Home Application Assistant is not voluntarily or involuntarily terminated, and you complete any additional Safe at Home training advised by our office, your accreditation number is good and you may continue to assist eligible people to enroll in Safe at Home. Your status as an application assistant is reviewed at least every three years to make sure you remain eligible to be an application assistant.

If you leave employment with the organization that is indicated on your Application Assistant Registration and Agreement Form, your accreditation number becomes invalid and you may no longer assist eligible people to enroll in Safe at Home. In other words, your accreditation number does not move with you from organization to organization.

If you change jobs and you gain employment at another community-based organization that fits the criteria to have a Safe at Home Application Assistant at their agency, you may be able to get another accreditation number. Please call Safe at Home at 651-201-1399 or 1-866-723-3035 for more information.

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