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About the TeleOutreach Center

Tele-outreach refers to a broad set of training, technical assistance, and intervention services delivered electronically to children, families, and professionals in the field. Our Center leverages technology and innovation to increase reach and build new capacity for serving significantly more people with neurodevelopmental disabilities than we can do in a physical clinic. The TeleOutreach Center brings together clinical pediatric providers and developmental specialists to reach underserved communities around the state with convenient and cost-effective services.

Using secure, remote video communication technology, leading specialists provide assessment, intervention, and support for young people with mental health and neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Center also conducts remote training and coaching for health, education, and human services professionals, as well as families. The technology allows investigators to conduct innovative research, collaborate, and host community forums to create better outcomes for children, young people, and their families.

The TeleOutreach Center is part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (ICI), a designated University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. ICI is part of a national network of similar programs in major universities and teaching hospitals across the country and is home to over 70 projects and six Affiliated Centers, addressing disability issues across the lifespan. ICI and the TeleOutreach Center are partners with the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB), a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to supporting healthy brain development and intervening early to address mental health and neurodevelopmental challenges such as autism, learning disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and other neurocognitive disabilities. The TeleOutreach Center is housed in the MIDB facility at 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis.

The TeleOutreach Center began in 2020 with support from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. In 2024, the center received new funding from a Department of Defense Child Collaboration Study.