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.



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


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


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


Opened Richmond facility


Opened second educational facility in Winchester


Opened Medicaid-approved psychiatric residential treatment center in Berryville


Received CARF accreditation for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility


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


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


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


Began delivering Ukeru training and consultation both nationally and internationally


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


Rolled out ProEventa goal mastery software


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


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