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Mission Statement

Our mission is to elevate the status and resources of all individuals with a developmental disability. This can be fully realized by emphasizing individual strengths and quality program planning. In addition, it is essential to help the developmentally disabled network and build meaningful relationships with services in the community.

In the last ten years, Minnesota has experienced a growing number of individuals from diverse populations labeled with developmental disabilities. Through leadership training and other resources, support is available and accessible to help keep family and loved ones in their homes and communities.

IMD is a private nonprofit agency with fifteen years experience of working with consumers and families. A staff of qualified and trained workers will be delighted to hear from patrons to confidentially discuss program ideas.


Waiver In-Home Support Services: IMD is a community-based support service, which provides help to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Services are individually designed with consumers and family to keep individuals in their homes, and teach life skills training in independent living conditions. Vocational, educational readiness and leisure recreation are also offered, to assist and support the consumers in attaining the highest quality of life in their communities.

Respite Services: IMD provides short-term care supervision to eligible consuers needing out-of-home respite care. Respite care can be provided for day or overnight as needed. Qualified staff follow a respite care program as requested by the parent, consumer or case manager.

Personal Care Attendant Services: In-home assistance offered to promote maximum independence in the daily living skills and hygiene needs of consumers. The plan of care is based on individual needs, and coordination of the initial assessments made by the consumer's physician. A registered nurse provides supervision of the care plan and personal care attendant.

Transportation Services: Transportation is available to eligible medical assistance consumers, providing access to community services, resources and activities. All drivers are specially qualified to provide transportation. Necessity must be outlined in the consumer's Individual Service Plan.

Parent and Consumer Leadership Training: Parent and consumer leadership training is provided, in addition to educational resource. Thee services offer consumers the ability to achieve leadership skills in self-advocacy and development. By assisting consumers in learning appropriate skills, they are empowered to exercise, plan, and control basic civil rights, in addition to achieving the skills outlined in their in their Individual Service Plan.

Parent and Education Service: Our parent leadership training provides guardians with an opportunity to learn the skills of advocacy, and how to participate in the planning of medical, school and community-based service options for the developmentally disabled.

Cultural Competency Training for Professionals: Cultural competency training is offered to professionals to increase their interpersonal skills inproviding services to a diverse population. The training offers individual and organizational training to create a climate of multicultural perspectives, ensuring that responsive care can take place.

PEARLS Girls -- The Institute for Minority Development provides direct services of community-based support and on-site behavioral health services. This service is designed to improve the behavior of African-American girls taht are currently in the criminal justice sytem due to committing a crime. African-American girls with multiple social and emotional problems are more likely to be incarcerated without a referral for mental health services. IMD services will address each girl's delinquent behavior by providing case management/service coordination, family support, assessment, and independent skills building. The desired outcome is to create a continuum of coordinated care that will meet public safety standards and the individual behavior needs of the youth.

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