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November 12, 2015

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NWI named partner in major national grant for training and technical assistance

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NWI Named Partner in Major National Grant for Training and Technical Assistance

The NWI will join a partnership of 13 other universities and organizations in the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network). The TA Network will provide training and technical assistance to all states, tribes, territories, and communities with Children’s Mental Health Initiative, System of Care Expansion Implementation, and System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements, as well as to states, tribes, territories and communities without grant awards.

Read the press release »

TA Tidbits: Family and Youth/Young Adult Peer Support

TA Tidbits are summaries of assistance on a variety of topics presented to the NWI from the field. The first summary in this series describes the evidence for family and youth/young adult peer support. Produced by Janet Walker, Co-Director of the NWI, this TA Tidbit is now available for reading and discussion on the NWI’s "Big Ideas" interactive forum.

Read the TA Tidbit »

Participate in the discussion »

New Clinical Distance Learning Series Webinar Available

The NWI is a core partner in the TA Network, which is offering access to the webinar "The Business Case for Telebehavioral Health (TBH) in Children’s Systems of Care.” This webinar was presented by John Gale, M.S. and David Lambert, Ph.D. from the University of Southern Maine. The webinar explores terminology, finance, and examples from the field in the development of (TBH) services.

Access the presentation on YouTube »

Access the accompanying research brief »

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 »

Wraparound Comix

Facilitator Reel comic panel

Facilitator Reel No. 23

The "Facilitator Reel" is a series of one-pagers with a humorous take on wraparound roles and concepts. In Issue 23, Trey "moves forward without looking back."

Read Facilitator Reel No. 23 »

News from the Field

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

  • Issue Brief: Preventing Substance Abuse Among LGBTQ Youth
  • Ending "Conversion Therapy" for LGBTQ Youth
  • Mental Health Stigma in Light of Recent School Shootings
  • New KSOC-TV Webisode: Behavioral Health Concerns in Classrooms
  • Interagency Planning for Youth with Disabilities and MH Conditions

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

Call for Proposals: 18th Annual Family Café

Dates: June 10-12, 2016

The Annual Family Cafe typically includes over 160 individual breakout sessions, addressing a wide range of disability-related topics, from information on specific disabilities, to financial management, youth issues, special education and assistive technology. The 18th Annual Family Cafe will be held in Orlando, FL.

Submit your proposals before December 17th »

26th Annual National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Conference

Dates: November 20–22, 2015

This conference brings together family members, young adults, and professionals in a safe, stigma-free setting that celebrates skills and successes. Learn about the latest issues and trends from the perspective of a family-driven and youth-guided approach.

Register for the conference »

32nd Annual Parent and Family Engagement Conference

Date: December 1–4, 2015

The 2015 Parent and Family Engagement Conference is the only national event that focuses on how communities, parents, families, and Head Start program staff can best partner to promote both parent and family engagement and children’s learning and development.

Register for the conference »

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.

Submit your proposal before October 30th »

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 »


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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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