Insights Consulting is an agency that supports more than 1,000 adults and children throughout Indiana who have unique strengths and are challenged with an intellectual or developmental disability. We talked with Kelly Hartman, the CEO & President of Insights Consulting. Enjoy our interview below:
What is Insights Consulting?
“Insights is an agency that supports individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism spectrum disorders – we partner with them, their staff, their friends and their families. We believe that success comes in focusing on what a person can do – we focus on capabilities, not disabilities. We offer residential supports (residential habilitation supports, respite, community habilitation (CHIO,) and Personal Assistance and Care (PAC.) In our Therapeutic Supports Department we also tout one of the largest and most respected team proving Behavior Management and Music Therapy. Our primary funding comes from the Medicaid Waiver (Family Support and Community Integration and Habilitation) and private pay contracts.”
What is your position with Insights Consulting?
“Insights Consulting, Inc. started with one behavioral consultant. As the founder, and now President & CEO, Kelly Hartman never really dreamed of being more than a one person consulting business. Since its origination in July 1996, Insights Consulting has continued to respond to consumer need with responsible growth. Our culture is forward thinking and client first.”
What are unique features that sets your company apart from others?
“We truly believe that it is as important to care for our direct care workers and each other as much as we do the families and clients we work with. Insights has been named a Top Ten Place to Work by the Indiana pois Star for ten years, an accolade only possible by having a happy workforce. All people should have the absolute opportunity to live their best life. Through a strengths-based approach, this is what we strive for. Not only does Insights offer residential and therapeutic supports for individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, since 2015 we have been helping people achieve more in life through our outpatient Mental Health & Wellness Clinic. Through this offering, we offer counseling to individuals, couples and families. We also have a Massage Therapist to manage pain, empower healing, or simply destress – we offer deep tissue, sports massage and Reiki.”
Who do you work with for Insights Consulting? (client’s ages, abilities, etc.)
“We work with all ages from 3 years to elders. Depending on the service, we have staff qualified to provide a range of supports to people with all abilities. WE have staff experienced with complex healthcare needs, significant behavioral challenges, and dually diagnosed individuals who might also be struggling with symptoms of mental health challenges.”
What is a stat that you would like to share (how many people that you have helped, etc.)
“Insights supports more than 1000 individuals who are successfully living in the community throughout the state of Indiana. Our existing clients live in various settings – from their own places to those still living at home with their parents or other family caregivers.”
What area of Indiana do you cover?
“Insights supports individuals throughout the state of Indiana in various settings from ongoing supports to specialized training and consulting services. Direct, ongoing residential supports are provided primarily in central Indiana.”
What is the best lesson that you have learned from working with people with disabilities?
“All people increase their chances of happiness when they are supported with a strengths based approach. For a long time, supports to people with disabilities centered around health and safety. That approach alone does not allow someone to achieve a great quality of life….people need to also be loved and feel valuable. I have learned far more, life enriching lessons from people who were labeled with disabilities than I have from those who may live with less challenges. In the end – I want to live in a world where we all only have ONE label and that is HUMAN.”
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