Two young, female college students. They are outside and are wearing name tags. Their t-shirts read "Inclusive U." One of the students has an intellectual disability.

Higher Ed Grants Coming Soon

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.

Read about college options for Minnesota students with disabilities.

Jessica Simacek at work in the teleoutreach lab. She is wearing a headset and looking at a tablet and watching somebody talk on her computer screen. There is a smartphone plugged in on her desk.

Transforming Behavioral Health Access for Geographically Dispersed and Military Families

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.”

Read more about using telehealth to reach families in need.

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Jails, Prisons, and Large State Institutions

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.

Read more about safely integrating people with IDD.