Grafton To Provide Consultation And Training To 4,000 In California Developmental Disability Centers

Posted February 11, 2015

The California Department of Developmental Services has awarded Grafton Integrated Health Network a contract to train nearly 4,000 staff in four separate developmental centers on The Grafton Method and Ukeru. The Grafton Method is a trauma-informed treatment model that has been recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Negley Associates, among others. Training and consultative services within California’s developmental disability centers is scheduled from January through June 2015.

The Grafton Method has had considerable success since its innovation over eleven years ago in helping behavioral healthcare providers nationally and internationally duplicate the success of Ukeru, a unique approach to crisis management. Ukeru is based upon receiving, engaging, sensing, feeling and responding to what someone is trying to communicate through our actions. It provides employees with skills and tools to protect themselves and, equally important, the clients they support. Grafton’s training and consultation services commences with an extensive examination of programs currently used at organizations based on a set of internal standards developed within Grafton.

“Our entire method is focused in trying to figure out what an individual is trying to communicate. It emanates from a deep-rooted philosophy that treatment interventions should be focused on a foundation of comfort versus control,” said Kim Sanders, Executive Vice President of Grafton.

About Grafton Integrated Health Network
Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) is a private, nonprofit organization that has served children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges for more than 50 years. As an industry leader in behavioral healthcare, we empower vulnerable and high-risk populations to lead better, more independent lives. Using a client-centered medical home model, GIHN provides continuous and coordinated services from short-term stabilization and residential services to outpatient, educational, and career and technical training. These programs along with a data-driven, trauma-informed model help the organization to develop successful plans of care that allow clients to thrive in a variety of settings.

Grafton provides a continuum of services to children, youth and adults including applied behavioral analysis, early intervention, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, a short-term stabilization program, special education programs, community-based group homes, intensive outpatient program and outpatient services.