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NWI Newsletter

April 16, 2015

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative!

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar: Staff Recruitment and Retention or Replacement

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 19, 11am - 12:30pm PST / 2pm - 3:30pm EST

During this webinar, National Wraparound Initiative experts will weigh in on best practices from recruitment to interviewing, and from selection to replacement. Attendees are encouraged to participate by bringing their own specific questions around this important topic.

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New in the Forums

The University of Washington’s Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) wants to know how your organization uses the WFI-EZ. Read more and participate today!

Visit the WERT Learning Community forum »

National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC) Mini-Academy – July 2015

NWIC, in partnership with the NWI, is providing a two-day Academy focused on implementation of high quality, research-based Wraparound care coordination. Grantees of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program are allowed to use grant funds to participate in the National Wraparound Implementation Academy as this Academy will meet the requirement in the grant.

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Wraparound Research

Emerging Research on Parent Engagement and Family Peer Support Services

Dr. Geetha Gopalan, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, has shared a poster summarizing her new study. From interviews with caregivers, Dr. Gopalan was able to analyze caregiver expectations, most commonly received services, and the most helpful aspects of working with FPSPs.

Read more »

Question from the Field

The NWI was recently asked for support in finding activities to help new and existing wraparound providers to develop strengths-based strategies. In particular, it would be helpful if you could share some activities you use with families to identify strengths. Please respond via email to John Ossowski, NWI Project manager.

Email John at jdo@pdx.edu »

Member Spotlight: Michelle Zabel

Michelle Zabel

Ms. Zabel is the Director of The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in child- and family-serving systems, in both the public and private sectors. She provides technical assistance on Wraparound, systems of care, service system design, and financing across systems, including juvenile justice and child welfare. Michelle will present a workshop in the Program Administration and Policy track at the NWIC Mini-Academy at Portland State this July.

Read more about Michelle Zabel »

News from the Field

The following are NWI staff selection of recent news of interest to the Wraparound community:

  • Elevated diabetes risk for children taking antipsychotic meds
  • Training pediatric primary care professionals
  • Growing up in poverty can slow down brain development
  • A parent speaks out about stigmatization

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

TA Network Clinical Distance Learning Series Webinar TODAY!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16th, 11am - 12:30pm (PST) 2pm - 3:30pm (EST) (follow-up Office Hours April 20th)

This webinar will inform participants about the role psychotropic medications play in the treatment of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs and how systems of care can improve the quality of behavioral health care for this population.

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Policy Matters: Building a Family Engagement System

Date/Time: Friday, April 24th, 11am - 12:15pm (PST), 2pm - 3:15pm (EST)

Participate in an online conversation that will help you to build a system of family engagement in early childhood and elementary education. You’ll also learn about creating strategic partnerships and using a dual capacity-building framework to guide planning and implementation.

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National Children’s Mental Health Day is May 7th!

Plan to celebrate the 10th Annual National Children’s Mental Health Day during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, May 3 – 9. Read more and plan your celebrations today!

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How Caregivers' Trauma Histories May Impact Engagement

Date/Time: Monday, May 11th, 8am - 9am (PST), 11am - 12pm (EST)

This is the second part of a two-part open conversation about how caregivers’ trauma histories can effect engagement in services. This conversation will focus on the topic of resilience.

Learn more and register »

Northwest Council on Family Relations Annual Conference

The theme of this year's conference, happening May 14 - 15, 2015, is Resiliency in Children and Families. See the Northwest Council on Family Relations web site for full details and registration information.

Register for the conference »

Order Publications from the NWI

Printed copies of the following publications can be ordered from the NWI:

  • Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families
  • Manual de Usuario del Proceso del Wraparound (Asistencia Integral): Una Guía para Familias (Spanish Version of The Wraparound Process User's Guide)
  • Wraparound Implementation Guide: A Handbook for Administrators and Managers

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Funds to support this activity come from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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