Sequel Youth and Family Services Adopts Ukeru Systems® Restraint-free Behavior Management Program

Clarinda Academy to Be the First Residential Treatment Facility of its Kind in the Country to Utilize Ukeru’s Physical Alternatives to Restraint

Huntsville, AL and Winchester, VA, March 6, 2019 - Sequel Youth and Family Services and Ukeru Systems® today announced a collaboration between the two organizations to implement Ukeru’s behavior management program across Sequel’s residential treatment facilities. Ukeru is the Japanese word for ‘receive’ and is a crisis management program, developed by and for behavioral health caregivers and educators, which is grounded in the concepts of trauma-informed care and conflict resolution, and is supported by physical techniques that minimize the use of restraints. Sequel will pilot the Ukeru system at Clarinda Academy in Iowa. Clarinda Academy is a residential treatment center that services at-risk youth from multiple systems; it is the first facility of its kind in the country to adopt the Ukeru system.

Ukeru’s innovative and award-winning program has helped behavioral health providers and schools reduce the use of restraints and related injuries, while lowering workers’ compensation costs and employee turnover. In a longitudinal study published in the peer-review journal Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disordersi, a behavioral health facility using Ukeru’s system reduced the use of restraints by 99%, while dramatically increasing client goal mastery. The facility also saved over $16 million in lost time expense, turnover costs, and workers compensation policy costs. Ukeru leadership will be training Sequel program staff on both the conceptual ideas — such as trauma informed care and conflict resolution — as well as the physical techniques that minimize the need for restraints. Ukeru’s training helps providers communicate effectively with clients and avoid stressful, escalating behaviors.

“Ukeru is rooted in the belief that the use of physical restraints is unproductive and that all intervention — educational and behavioral — should be built on an approach of comfort versus control,” said Ukeru President, Kim Sanders. “More than the physical component of the Ukeru blocking pads, the trauma-informed system is about how you communicate when someone is in crisis, and how to provide the support, comfort and kindness that everyone needs when they’re having a tough time. We’re looking forward to helping the Sequel team adopt our innovative techniques for managing student crises.”

“Sequel is proud to be launching Ukeru, an industry-leading, trauma-informed behavioral management program. We are especially gratified that one of our programs, Clarinda Academy, will be the first residential treatment facility of its kind to adopt Ukeru. As at many of our facilities, Clarinda Academy serves the unique academic, behavioral, social, emotional and physical needs of at-risk youth, who are in a critical period of their lives. These students have typically experienced significant traumas, and these experiences can lead them to act out physically, posing a risk to themselves and others around them. We are eager to implement the Ukeru system to better help our students when they are in distress,” said Mandy Moses, Chief Operating Officer, Sequel Youth and Family Services.

Moses continued, “We expect to continue rolling it out to our other residential treatment programs after this pilot program at Clarinda. Sequel is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, trusting, and caring environment that opens the door for life-changing opportunities.”

About Sequel Youth and Family Services

Founded in 1999, Sequel Youth and Family Services is a behavioral health organization that develops and operates a broad continuum of treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults with behavioral health, emotional or physical challenges. Serving over 9,000 young men and women daily, our programs are designed to equip our clients with the vision, motivation, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to lead a successful life. Sequel’s programs include long-term residential treatment, short-term impact, shelter care, therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, community-based services, in-home services, and alternative education. Our populations include children in the juvenile justice system, children with autism, as well as children, adolescents and adults with physical disabilities, history of sexual or substance abuse, and psychiatric, emotional or conduct disorders.

Our mission is to prepare our clients to lead responsible and fulfilling lives by providing mentoring, education and support within a safe, structured, dynamic environment — whether on one of our campuses, in the community, or in their own homes. We are passionate about what we do and delight in providing excellent programs that make permanent, positive changes in the lives of the people we serve. For more information, visit

About Ukeru Systems

Ukeru Systems is a division of Grafton Integrated Health Network. Ukeru has developed unique and award-winning care management tools and techniques. Ukeru has received national and international recognition and awards, including the Negley President’s Award for Excellence in Risk Management Practices, the National Council for Behavioral Health Impact Award, and recognition from SAMHSA for clinical best practices in restraint and seclusion reduction. Ukeru Systems now provides Grafton’s behavioral management tools and care trainings to other behavioral health providers. Learn more at


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Sequel Youth and Family Services is excited to announce the acquisition of the Aaron and Rebecca Schools in New York City, New York on January 1st, 2018.

Aaron School is a private K-12 special education school whose mission is to serve students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading, writing, and math in addition to attention, sensory and social challenges. They provide integrated academic, enrichment, and therapeutic services with the goal of enabling each student to become a confident and successful learner. Offering an academically rigorous curriculum aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, Aaron employs an individualized approach to ensure student success while preparing them for successful post-secondary educational experiences and professional career

Rebecca School is a therapeutic day school for children ages 3 to 21, promoting the education and development of children with neurodevelopmental delays of relating and communicating, including autism spectrum disorders. They utilize the Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based (DIR®) model. The DIR® Methodology developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan proceeds from the core belief that relationships are the foundation of learning. At Rebecca School, we consider the variations in individual motor and sensory processing systems and tailor each child’s program to his or her specific needs.

Visit their websites at:

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Foothold Technology, an electronic record, EHR vendor and human services software provider, offers web-based software for human service providers that eases the burden of documentation, providing agencies with the freedom to focus on their Mission. More than 1,000 agencies nationwide count on Foothold’s AWARDS software to manage their services, including Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Homeless & Housing, Employment & Training, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Family, and more.

The 2017 prize for Greatest Impact on Agency Operations recognizes an agency that demonstrates how its use of AWARDS creates positive, measurable impact on agency operations and the agency as a whole. This year’s recipient is Sequel Alliance Family Services. Since joining the Foothold Technology community in 2014, Sequel Alliance has worked diligently to ensure operational efficiency for the agency and increase its support for staff and clients. This includes using weekly quality assurance and compliance reports generated from AWARDS to drive agency decision-making. This work helped land the average score of 95% on a recent Idaho state Medicaid audit. As Brianne Page, QI Manager at Sequel Alliance describes, “With AWARDS, our supervisors have the ability to view their entire programs’ documentation in one location with ease, eliminating the need for cumbersome paper records and unnecessary travel from site to site. Before AWARDS, this level of oversight would have been impossible.”

Sequel Youth and Family Services is excited to announce the acquisition of Pomegranate Health Systems in Columbus Ohio. Sequel Pomegranate was established in 2008 as a residential treatment facility serving males and females referred for emergency shelter care, and teens referred to treatment by Franklin County Ohio Children Services for Male and Female youth ages range is 12 to 18. Sequel Pomegranate offers three unique programs:

Acute Hospital
Our 20-bed Acute Hospital serves teens ages 12-17 in crisis, who are a danger to self or others. This intensive level of care averages a 7-10 day length of stay.

Long Term Therapeutic Residential Program
Our 70-bed Long Term Therapeutic Residential Treatment program serves Males and Females ages 12-18. Lengths of stay average from 4 – 6 months.

Emergency Shelter
The Emergency Shelter Care provides stabilization for Male and Female youth who have disrupted placement or been removed from dysfunctional environment. Lengths of stay average 30 day or less

Sequel Pomegranate treats mental health disorders, behavioral health disorders, teens referred to us in crisis with suicidal or homicidal ideation, or psychosis, teens in need of shelter care, or facing juvenile court charges. In our secure environment, treatment options include an integrative structured program featuring many opportunities to address specific client needs for healing through individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, art therapy, nursing and case management in a secure, residential treatment facility with medical/nursing care 24-7. Pomegranate is licensed and certified by The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Accredited by The Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation.

The mission of Sequel Pomegranate is to help children and adolescents and their families recover from the effects of mental illness, learn to care for themselves and each other; and achieve the highest possible quality of life in their homes and communities. Our core values include safety, trauma-informed care, a therapeutic milieu, strength-based services, self-sufficiency, education and permanency. The goal is to alleviate suffering, promote holistic development, and provide an enabling environment in which disenfranchised and traumatized children can thrive.

Sequel Youth and Family Services is excited to announce the acquisition of C.A.R.E. Schools (Centers for Adolescent Recovery and Education). C.A.R.E. was founded in 1999 and operates four residential programs in Utah (approximately 250 beds) and serves youth from multiple states. Their programs include:

Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon School in St. George, UT has been providing Psychiatric Residential Treatment Services to youth since 1999. A Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited facility, Red Rock Canyon School offers treatment for teens 12-18 who require structure and treatment beyond that available in tradition outpatient clinics and intensive outpatient services.

Falcon Ridge Ranch
Falcon Ridge Ranch is a licensed Residential Treatment Center for girls ages 12 to 18 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems but haven’t thrived under the traditional care of outpatient treatment and require and out-of-home therapeutic setting. They offer hope, healing, and restoration through a unique blend of professional therapeutic services, academic instruction, and equine therapy. Their girls excel in a small, intimate and loving atmosphere where they get plenty of one-on-one support from therapists, teachers, and professional staff.

Lave Heights Academy
Lava Heights Academy is a residential treatment center for male and female teens 12-18 offering comprehensive arts therapy programs covering all four arts modalities; music, drama, art and dance/movement therapies. Lava Heights Academy’s therapists and arts professionals work with teens that have psychological, emotional, behavioral, social, and other developmental challenges; reaching them in ways traditional talk therapy cannot. The arts provide a way for students to communicate and overcome complex feelings, fears and struggles when words alone are not enough.

Mt. Pleasant Academy
Mt. Pleasant Academy is a specialized residential treatment center for boys 12-18 who exhibit compulsive sexual behavior, pornography addiction, sensitive sexual issues, and/or digital addictions. A small 16-bed treatment center, Mt. Pleasant Academy is a safe place for boys dealing with sensitive issues to be open and honest about their problems in an environment and approach that is accepting and supportive but not judgmental. Mt. Pleasant Academy has one of the very best professional therapeutic teams specializing in sexual compulsive behavior.

Several of C.A.R.E.’s key staff will remain in place including, Brain Pace Executive Director and Sherman Habibian, Marketing Director.