Grafton is Finalist in 2011 Virginia Healthcare Innovators Award

March 7, 2011

News: For Immediate Release
Grafton is Finalist in 2011 Virginia Healthcare Innovators Award

Gains Local Recognition for Trauma Informed Treatment and Care

March 7, 2011—Grafton, a leading behavioral healthcare organization in Virginia, is a finalist for the 2011 first annual Virginia Healthcare Innovators Award (VAHCI) for best practices in trauma-informed treatment and care.

VAHCI recognizes Virginia companies that have developed innovative ways to improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Grafton was nominated in the patient care category by Dr. Janice LeBel.

“The work being done at Grafton has generated much local, national and international interest in the healthcare industry for their successful efforts at addressing a global healthcare problem: minimizing the use of coercive techniques in treatment facilities,” said Dr. LeBel. “Grafton has worked hard across their facilities to implement evidence based, trauma informed practices that have not only achieved remarkable results, but sustained positive outcomes over time.”

Grafton’s innovative approach has resulted in numerous positive outcomes including:

  • Improved client treatment and programming
  • Reduced employee and client injuries
  • Significant fiscal benefits
  • National and international recognition for treatment practices to a specialized population
  • Federal recognition from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for clinical best practices

“Grafton is extremely proud to be a finalist in the 2011 VAHCI awards,” said Grafton’s CEO, Jim Gaynor. “This is confirmation that the use of non-coercive techniques can and will lead to positive and sustainable outcomes for individuals with co-occurring intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities.”

The winners of the 2011 VAHCI awards will be announced at a reception on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Massey Conference Center Auditorium in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. William A. Hazel, Jr., M.D., Secretary of Health & Human Resources will be the keynote speaker.

For more than fifty years, Grafton has been providing 24 hour care and treatment to individuals with co-occurring intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. As a nationally recognized leader in behavioral healthcare, Grafton employs more than 700 employees and supports more than 400 children and adults. Facilities are located in Berryville, Richmond and the Winchester areas of Virginia.

In the summer of 2010, Grafton merged with Graydon Manor in an effort to continuously improve the way in which clients throughout Virginia are served. The consolidated organization draws upon Graydon’s long history of providing superior mental health treatment as well as Grafton’s expertise in serving those with developmental disabilities.

A psychiatric residential treatment center in Berryville supports children and adolescents with an acute psychiatric diagnosis in addition to an existing intellectual disability. The Winchester and Richmond operations support children and adults who have Autism or other pervasive intellectual disabilities and may also have a concurrent psychiatric condition. Services provided at all Grafton operations include special education services, clinical services, case management services, medical and nursing services and residential support. Grafton is licensed by the Virginia Office of Interdepartmental Regulation of Residential Facilities and accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Special Education Facilities. Berryville’s psychiatric residential treatment facility is CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited and approved by Virginia Medicaid.

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Shweta Adyanthaya, Director of Communications
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