An Indianapolis-based autism services provider is looking to fill its lofty hiring goals. Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers will today host a nationwide hiring event in an effort to fill thousands of positions. In January, the company detailed plans to add 4,000 jobs as it prepares to open 40 new centers around the country.
In an interview with Business of Health Reporter Kylie Veleta, founder and Chief Clinical Officer Kim Strunk discusses how the company started with a single center in Kokomo 17 years ago.
“Really for the last 17 years, the prevalance and the need for the services has been kind of mind blowing,” said Strunk. “I think that, along the way, we’ve seen such progress in diagnostic processes and procedures that we’re just really starting to be able to see these kids, the needs really show. We’re excited to be able to provide the service that they need to get them help and live their best lives.
The company currently has about 100 centers and plans to grow to 140 in 12 states this year. Strunk says Hopebridge is looking to hire about 450 employees for its 19 centers in Indiana.
“In Indiana, we are still looking and exploring areas that may need a center,” says Strunk. “That will be to fill the existing centers. We also just expanded our Carmel center. They just doubled in size and moved to a new location. Continuing to expand the centers we have in Indiana and continuing to look for additional sites that might be good.”
The center says prevalence of autism spectrum disorder continues to grow, with one in 44 kids being diagnosed, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The company says it plans to add at least 400 Board Certified Behavioral Analysts, 3,500 registered behavior technicians, and up to 100 clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and other industry professionals.
“Healthcare is a tough business to be in right now,” said Strunk. “The reality is we really serve a noble mission. I’m really confident that we are going to be able to hit our numbers this year. What we are doing makes such a difference, and I think people are really drawn to being able to be a part of making a difference in a child and family’s life. While it is ambitious, it is, I do believe, going to be very achievable.”
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