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NWI Newsletter

December 17, 2015

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative!

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NWI Co-Director Eric Bruns in New Zealand

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar: "An Overview of Current Research and Implementation Best Practices in Wraparound"

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 11am - 12pm PST / 2pm - 3pm EST

This webinar will set the context for the importance of Wraparound quality, fidelity, and implementation supports. A review of the latest innovations, data, and research will be presented on such areas as cost, outcomes, workforce supports, and evidence-based clinical practices.

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This webinar is made possible through NWI's partnership with the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC), operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch.

New Clinical Distance Learning Series Webinar Available

The NWI is a core partner in the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), which is offering access to the webinar "Psychotropic Medication Use for Children in Medicaid: Identifying Patterns and Developing Performance Measures."  This webinar was presented by Jessica Lipper, a Program Officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies. Ms. Lipper discusses state strategies to improve monitoring and oversight of psychotropic medication prescribing, with a focus on identifying and adopting common measures to consistently track prescribing practices.

Access the presentation on YouTube »

NTTAC is operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch.

Member Spotlight: Jennifer K. Luu

Jennifer K. Luu

Jennifer K. Luu, PsyD

Dr. Luu is a Director at South Coast Community Services (SCCS), a non-profit organization committed to the healing, growth, and restoration of children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. In this role, Dr. Luu provides clinical and administrative oversight of the Wraparound Team serving the Western region of San Bernardino County. The team provides intensive, home- and community-based mental health services to children. Their dedication and hard work helps children to remain in their community or at the lowest level of care possible – preventing residential, group home, or juvenile detention placements.

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News from the Field

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

  • Training Interventions for School-based Healthcare Providers
  • Supporting Refugee Children and Families
  • Report: Increase in Youth Drug Overdose Deaths in 35 States
  • Children and Holiday Stress

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Events and Opportunities

Pathways Transition Training: Recruiting Partner Organizations

Want to increase your skills for working with young people with mental health conditions? Like the convenience of free on-line training? Pathways Transition Training Partnership seeks organizations with 8 or more service providers to participate in 10 one-hour online training modules sharing research-based knowledge for strength-based services, increasing family and community support, youth recovery, and youth voice.

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System of Care Project Director – Illinois

The Project Director will serve as the primary liaison between the project management team and SAMHSA project office. Responsible for coordinating all planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting requirements of the SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Planning Grant.

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Webinar: Understanding and Using the Head Start CARES Data

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015, 1:30pm – 3pm EST / 10:30am – 12pm PST

This webinar will introduce the Head Start CARES Demonstration data archive. Participants will learn about the design of the Head Start CARES Demonstration project and the instruments used at the various levels of study. The webinar also includes an introduction to the Head Start CARES impact analysis model.

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Call for Proposals – 2016 National Family and Community Engagement Conference: Owning Our Movement

This conference aims to provide a variety of workshops that highlight high quality, effective engagement practices, build adult capabilities, improve leadership at all levels, and build on the strength of parents, families and communities. Submission deadline is December 31st, 2015.

Submit your proposal »

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference

Dates: March 13–16, 2016

Registration is now open! Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. This conference will be held in Tampa, FL.

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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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"The NWI works to promote understanding about the components and benefits of Wraparound, and to provide the field with resources to facilitate high quality and consistent Wraparound implementation."


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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