Dr. Bridget Harrison and the Innovations in Learning staff are helping region residents who face developmental disabilities while providing additional mental health services. The center, located in Merrillville and Hobart, has a program for children with autism and a program for adults with mental disabilities. Launched in 2005, Dr. Harrison said she continues to experience growth because the core members of her skilled staff have prompted an increased demand for services. After adding the second location in the spring of 2010, her staff has gone from 20 to over 60 employees and the center now services around 360 clients, from age two to geriatric age.
Dr. Harrison sees the ISBDC as a partner to help with business basics and principles. She has worked with the Northwest ISBDC on strategic planning and identifying weaknesses and strengths as she faces organization, communication and systems challenges due to growth. “Every time Regional Director LeAnn McCrum leaves, we feel energized and ready to take the next step,” she said. Visit the Innovations In Learning website for more information.