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NWI Newsletter

February 12, 2015

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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.

Register for the Academy »

New in the Forums

  • In response to questions from the field, we've posted a number of Wraparound job descriptions collected from our members. You can see links to all of these in the NWI discussion forum and leave your comments about them.
  • The University of Washington's Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) invites you to share your experiences with the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS). Participate in this interactive discussion today!

Visit the Implementation and Workforce Forum »

Visit the WERT Learning Community Forum »

Follow Eric Bruns and the National Wraparound Initiative on Twitter!

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Wraparound Research

Would Your Agency Like to Test an Electronic Behavioral Health Information System Specific to Wraparound… for Free?

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at the University of Washington announces the opportunity for Wraparound implementing sites to participate in a federally-funded research project to help further develop and test the NWI's comprehensive, web-based electronic behavioral information system, TMS-WrapLogic.

Learn more »

Due to our rapid development and testing cycle, this opportunity is extremely time limited! For more information, please contact April Sather, WERT Project Director, at 206-685-2310 or sathea@uw.edu »

NWI Needs Your Help with an Ongoing Study!

We've been collecting and analyzing videos of Wraparound practice and we need more videos. Specifically, we are looking for videos of one-to-one interactions between a Wraparound facilitator and a young person, family member or other team member. Participants are eligible for incentives. Please contact John Ossowski for more details.

Email John at jdo@pdx.edu »

Member Spotlight: Kimberly Estep

Kimberly Estep

Ms. Kimberly M. Estep is the Director of Wraparound Implementation for The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland, School of Social Work. In this role, she is responsible for supporting and managing state and organizational efforts around system of care development and Wraparound implementation. As part of her work with the National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC), Kim has developed and presented extensive wraparound training, coaching models and curriculum nationwide. Kim will also present training at the NWIC Mini-Academy at Portland State this July.

Read more about Kim Estep »

News from the Field

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

  • Benefits of sleep for young people
  • Adversity in childhood may speed up physical aging
  • "Create your own case" toolkit available
  • FASD is an overlooked diagnosis in foster children
  • New report on effective adolescent sexual health education

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

Important Funding Accouncements from SAMHSA

System of Care expansion agreements - due by April 10th »

2015 forecast for RFAs»

Joint bulletin from SAMHSA and CMS

This bulletin discusses coverage of behavioral health services for youth with substance use disorders.

View the bulletin »

New Job Postings

  • The National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC) has an opportunity for a Maryland Wraparound and System of Care Training Specialist.
  • The University of Maryland Baltimore is searching for a full-time Clinical Research Supervisor.
  • One Hope United and the Illinois Pay for Success Project are looking for a project director.

View jobs and opportunities »

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

The University of South Florida will be hosting the 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on March 22 - 25, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. This year, the National Wraparound Implementation Center will be sponsoring a special Wraparound track. Be sure to check the conference website for more details and updates.

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

Order print publications »


"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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