Friday Feature 10.20.2017
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The Center for START Services
Sharing an upcoming free webinar featuring Kim Sanders, President of Ukeru Systems. As a service that is part of the emergency safety net for individuals with IDD and co-occurring MH conditions, this article and training resource provides valuable insight into cost effective and least restrictive crisis support services. These strategies tie into the Three A’s (accountability, accessibility and appropriateness) of START.

Eliminating Restrictive Practices:

An Alternative Approach to Managing Physically Aggressive Behavior without Restraint or Seclusion 

Thursday, October 26th, for a free webinar hosted by the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area (SFASA).

When: Thursday, October 26,  3.30-5:00 pm EST

Where: Register here

Speaker: Kim Sanders, President, Ukeru Systems

Ukeru's program has helped behavioral health providers and schools reduce the use of restraint, seclusion, and injury, while lowering workers’ compensation costs and employee turnover. Ukeru Systems is a company born from both necessity and vision. A decade ago, Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) — an organization serving children and adults with autism and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses — issued a mandate to eliminate restraints without compromising employee or client safety.

Since then, the organization has reduced the use of restraints by more than 99 percent and has significantly increased the rate of treatment goals mastered across the organization. It also greatly reduced the number of injuries to both clients and staff while simultaneously lowering costs associated with workers’ compensation policies and employee turnover. In so doing, it saved an estimated $16 million over eleven years.

In 2015, based on its own experience and success, Grafton launched Ukeru Systems, a safe, comforting and restraint-free crisis management program developed by and for behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals, educators and parents. Today, Ukeru leadership travels the country, training others on these techniques.

Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire