Grafton Board of Directors Announces New CEO

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Winchester, Virginia, July 1, 2016 —Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) announced that its board of directors has chosen James (Jamie) Stewart as the organization’s next chief executive officer.  Jamie who currently serves as Chief Administrator Officer will succeed Jim Gaynor on June 30, 2016.

“After a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased that Jamie has accepted the CEO position at Grafton.  Jamie has a proven leadership track record and this combined with his industry knowledge makes him uniquely qualified to lead Grafton into the future,” said Janice LeBel, chairman of the board and Director of System Transformation for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

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Grafton CEO Jim Gaynor to Retire in June 2016

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Winchester, Virginia, June 27, 2016 —Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) CEO Jim Gaynor has announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2016.

“Jim exemplifies a true visionary leader,” said Janice LeBel, chairman of the board and Director of System Transformation for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

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Infant and Toddler Connection of the Shenandoah Valley Expands over 400% in Six Years

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Winchester, Virginia, May 9, 2016 —Since 2010, the Infant and Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley has partnered with Grafton and the City of Winchester to provide early intervention services for local children –from birth to age three with disabilities from six different localities: Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County, Page County, Shenandoah County and the City of Winchester.

In 2010, 129 children were enrolled in the early intervention program and in 2015, over 600 children were referred to the program.

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Jim Gaynor is Featured Speaker at MHCA—National Innovation Incubator Session on Value-Based Reimbursement Model

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The following press release appeared in the Open Minds newsletter.

Mental Health Corporations of America - National Innovation Incubator

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New Crisis Management Program (Ukeru Systems) to offer Physical Alternatives to Restraint

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Ukeru Systems Provides Cost and Life Saving Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion (Winchester, VA) – Grafton Integrated Health Network today announced the national launch of Ukeru Systems, a safe, comforting and restraint-free crisis management program developed by and for behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals, educators and parents.

It is the first crisis training program to completely eliminate the use of restraints and seclusion as accepted behavioral management tools.

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Grafton Awarded Grant for Drum Circle Facilitation

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Winchester, Virginia, October 6, 2015 —Recently, Grafton received $2,000 from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation to fund the Drum Circle Project for clients served in the Winchester facilities.

The funds were utilized to purchase various percussion instruments for clients including: Marimba, Djembe drums, Buffalo drums, Talking drums, Shekere, Egg shakers, and Tubano drums.

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Ukeru Systems Launches Website

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Winchester, Virginia, August 14, 2015 —Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton Integrated Health Network, has launched a new website, www.ukerusystems.com.

Ukeru Systems provides training and consultation services to behavioral healthcare providers, schools, and other organizations that support individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Grafton Earns Five Year AdvancED Accreditation

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Winchester, Virginia, May 21, 2015 — AdvancED Accreditation Commission granted Grafton school sites a five year accreditation following an in-depth external review last November.

AdvancED is a non-profit organization that accredits schools and school systems throughout the United States and internationally.

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Grafton Receives First Time Ever Autism Speaks Grant

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Winchester, VA, November 5, 2014 –Autism Speaks, Capital Area Chapter awards Grafton Integrated Health Network a $5,000 grant for its program entitled, A Crisis Management Tool for Families and Educators to minimize the use of restraints and seclusion.

In 2009, Autism Speaks endorsed the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act.

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Independent Living Program for Teens Launches in Leesburg

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Leesburg, Virginia, August 4, 2014 –Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) is pleased to announce the launch of our Independent Living Program for Loudoun County youth (in the custody of the Department of Social Services).  The program at Grafton’s Leesburg campus is designed to help provide individuals (ages 15-21) with services and skills to promote advocacy, leadership and independence.

The program is designed to help youth develop functional autonomy, positive decision making skills, and a healthy lifestyle within the context of natural community supports.

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