INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis-based Hopebridge Autism Therapy Center is expanding into its fifth state. The company announced it will take its autism treatment care to Arizona, with plans to open 12 locations over the next 12 to 18 months.

“Reducing barriers for Arizona’s autism community is a top priority for us,” said Hopebridge Chief Clinical Officer Kim Strunk. “It starts with identifying delays and challenges earlier in life and intervening during their crucial developmental stages.”

Founded in 2005, Hopebridge uses a variety of therapy tools and sessions to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. The center says treatment is individualized to fit each child, depending on their needs.

Hopebridge is scheduling evaluations for the first three centers now and plans to launch full-time therapy programs starting in September.

“Many parents are searching for answers and need solutions,” said Hopebridge CEO Dennis May. The center offers parent training and education to help maximize the therapy and skills the children learned at the center when they go home.

The company says the Arizona centers will ultimately create more than 650 jobs throughout the state.  Hopebridge operates in five states: Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.