The TEAM Centers, Inc (originally “TEAM Evaluation Center”) is a private, nonprofit agency chartered in 1963. TEAM was started as a collaborative initiative by local community leaders, the Medical Society, and the Metropolitan Council. TEAM’s main purpose in 1963 was the multi-specialty evaluation and assessment of people with developmental disabilities across all ages. The various disciplines included developmental medicine, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and social work. TEAM's staff have always specialized in developmental disabilities within their own discipline.
TEAM's mission is still the same as it was in 1963:
To provide individuals with support to pursue a quality life in the community through:
Since 1993, TEAM has been managing the state’s Family Support Program which provides services for individuals and/or families caring for a member who has a severe disability in their home.
In 1994, TEAM opened its West Tennessee Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Memphis. They have since moved their office to Bartlett, Tennessee but continue to serve people in all the counties in that region. This clinic provides assessments and evaluations for all developmental disabilities for people of all ages.
In 2001, I. Leslie Rubin, MD and TEAM co-created the Developmental Pediatric Specialists clinic in Atlanta. This practice specializes in evaluations and works closely with families as well as schools, preschools, and other agencies to help parents become better advocates for their children.