We would like to acknowledge the many people and organizations that supported the creation of this Resource Guide to Wraparound. The Guide is a compilation of articles contributed by the advisors of the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI), who have generously shared their ideas and expertise. The guide also builds on previous work of the NWI’s advisors, so our acknowledgements begin with those who supported the “founding” of the National Wraparound Initiative and provided it with initial support.

Key participants in the launching of the NWI included Jane Adams and Trina Osher, tireless advocates for families and children who saw the need for better understanding of the wraparound process so that more families would benefit from it. At the outset, along with Trina and Jane, we were joined by a number of key national experts, who provided us with direction and offered up their training and implementation materials for review. Among these, no one provided their time and expertise more generously than Pat Miles, John VanDenBerg, and Jim Rast, who sat through countless hours of meetings, writing, and reviewing of drafts. We also received consultation, materials, and reviews from other experts such as John Franz, Neil Brown, Mary Grealish, Karl Dennis, and Lucille Eber. In addition, leaders of many state and local wraparound initiatives helped us think through what was needed from the NWI and also provided tools and examples from their local programs. Chief among these were Mary Jo Meyers, Knute Rotto, Connie Conklin, Mary Stone Smith, Don Koenig, Gerry Rodriguez, Brad Norton, and Susan McLaughlin (though there were many others as well). Initial direction and support was also provided by several researchers, including Nancy Koroloff, Bob Friedman, and Barbara J. Burns. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the active and critical support provided by Sandra Spencer and the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

Once the inspiration and ideas for the NWI were established, there were a host of individuals and institutions who provided financial and logistical support. Thanks first to Denise Sulzbach, who had the unique vision of an NWI that would support wraparound implementation in her home state, and thus facilitated funding from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Support for the NWI has also been provided by ORC Macro, Inc.; a grant provided to the state of Maryland by the Center for Medical and Medicaid Services (award no. 11-P-92001/3-01); and by the National Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. The NWI has also benefited from resources provided by a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health (R41 MH077356) to support development of wraparound fidelity measures. Logistical support has been provided in countless ways by the Research and Training Center for Family Support and Children’s Mental Health at Portland State University.

Very special acknowledgment in a whole separate paragraph must be provided to Gary M. Blau, Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA. Since day one on the job as Branch Chief, Gary has been a supporter, cheerleader, and advisor of the NWI. Without his backing, this Resource Guide would not have been possible.

Thanks also to those who have supported the editors in compiling, proofreading, and doing page layout for all the materials in this Resource Guide, including Nicole Aue and Vicky Mazzone at Portland State University, and April Sather from the University of Washington. Without their day-to-day work coordinating review and design of materials, it is unlikely we would have been able to complete this work.

We also need to acknowledge those advisors of the NWI who have generously contributed their own local tools to the Guide, and those who contributed articles presenting examples and describing their experiences. Though their contributions are acknowledged in several places in this Guide, it is worth listing their names here as well: Kathy Cox, John Franz, Bob Jones, Karl Dennis, Mary Jo Meyers, Jesse Suter, John VanDenBerg, Matt Pierce, Trina Osher, Marlene Penn, Darrell Evora, Leyla Stambaugh, Pat Miles, Marvin Alexander, Brian Lombrowski, Tim Penrod, Debbie Manners, Doug Crandall, Connie Conklin, Denise Churchill, Kenyetta Matthews, Brad Norman, Aggie Hale, Lucille Eber, Neil Brown, Laura Champion, Jerry Doyle, Eleanor Castillo, Beth Berndt, Gerry Rodriguez, April Sather. In addition to these authors, we would like to offer special acknowledgment for Trina Osher and Marlene Penn, who facilitated the work of the Family Partner Task Group and its collaborative development of the description of the role of the family partner in wraparound and related materials.

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This Resource Guide is dedicated first and foremost to all the children, youth, parents, family members, advocates, team members, providers, administrators, researchers, and others who have promoted and participated in wraparound over the years of its continued evolution.

This Resource Guide is also dedicated to the memory of John D. Burchard (1936-2004). One of the first researchers to take an interest in the model, John was a tireless advocate for children, youth, and families, and he was passionate about wraparound’s promise.

The full dedication for this Resource Guide is available as a downloadable chapter, below.





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2008-2014, National Wraparound Initiative, Portland, Oregon.