The Harrison Community Network (HCN) was founded in the summer of 2012 to help people with developmental disabilities (DD) on the far western edge of Hamilton County find the supports they need to become active, contributing members of the community. Our families believe that children who grow up in Harrison and the surrounding areas should be able to stay in our community to live, work and play after they graduate from high school. We have all chosen to live here because it is a great place to live. The families of the HCN know that people with developmental disabilities can thrive in a welcoming community and that the community can benefit from their unique skills and talents. We are firmly committed to finding the resources needed to support individuals with DD here in our community, thereby enriching their lives as well as enriching this community they call home.
Community living has many facets that are interconnected and interdependent. Therefore, the supports that will enable an individual with DD to be successful in a community must be integrated across all facets of that community life. It is challenging for families to find a way to accomplish this in our current system that relies on services from multiple agencies with different mandates and separate, often limited, funding sources that address each element of community living independently.
The HCN was founded to explore options and identify pathways for integrated support in a smaller geographic region that is already a well established community. We have identified five priority areas of community living: employment, residential options, recreation, health care and transportation. We look to partner with service agencies, direct service providers, area businesses, Southwest Local School District and any other interested parties to connect individuals with DD and their families to the supports they need across all the priority areas. In this way we can help all families in this region work together to meet the needs of all our local residents with DD.