Aiming to boost college options for Minnesota students with intellectual disability, ICI’s new Inclusive Higher Education Technical Assistance Center is collaborating with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as it implements a competitive grant process this spring. The grants will fund eligible Minnesota higher education institutions that provide meaningful credentials upon graduation to students with intellectual disability.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and led by ICI's Jessica Simacek (pictured), this project will use teleoutreach to improve outcomes for children and adolescents with developmental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. It is intended for military families, geographically-dispersed families, and families who are highly mobile or lack providers near their homes.
“Families wait far too long to access high quality care and support. We are improving how we provide care to families and how we build provider capacity to meet the unique needs of these populations.”
Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who live in large state institutions were involved in crime. In 2019, 29% of people admitted to these facilities came from jails and prisons and 17% of people leaving these facilities went to jails and prisons. In order to best support people with IDD and criminal backgrounds to leave institutions, they need skilled support workers to ensure they remain safe and can thrive in their communities.