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Mission, Vision & History

 

Our mission: Grafton creates solution-focused opportunities for individuals challenged by complex disabilities.

Our vision: Grafton is committed to excellence in the delivery of person-centered care and value-added services. We believe that by operationalizing our core values of quality, customer focus, integrity, accountability and flexibility, Grafton will become internationally recognized as the preferred:

  • Provider of Choice
  • Employer of Choice
  • Strategic Partner of Choice

 

Grafton believes that its commitment to utilizing evidence-based best practices and continuous quality improvement as its standard business model is the best way to ensure that optimal outcomes define our standard of care.

 

1958

Grafton was founded by Ruth Birch to serve her son and others with learning disabilities.

1973

Became the first residential educational program for individuals with Autism in Virginia

1981

Opened first group home for adolescents with Autism

Completed first official statewide study of Autism in Virginia, lauded as one of the best state studies in the nation

1989

Opened Richmond facility

1994

Opened second educational facility in Winchester

2002

Opened Medicaid-approved psychiatric residential treatment center in Berryville

2005

Received CARF accreditation for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility

2007

Recognized by the International Mental Health Leadership as one of only four North American providers to exemplify best practice in treatment of individuals with complex disabilities

2008

Won Negley President’s Award for excellence in risk management practices

2010

Partnered with City of Winchester Department of Social Services to provide early intervention services to the Shenandoah Valley

2013

Began delivering Ukeru training and consultation both nationally and internationally

2015

Launched Ukeru Systems, a division of Grafton, offering trauma-informed, restraint-free crisis management training

2015

Rolled out ProEventa goal mastery software

2017

Grafton was awarded the opportunity to partner with Loudoun County, Virginia to operate and staff the Loudoun County Youth Shelter Program

2018

Ukeru Systems used in 23 states and more than 90 private day and residential programs, private and public schools, psychiatric hospitals and forensic units