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NWI Newsletter

February 18, 2016

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative!

Youth Engagement Webinar

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar: "Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Youth and Young Adult Engagement In Wraparound"

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 11am - 12pm PST / 2pm - 3pm EST

This webinar will address the question of how to increase young people's active participation in Wraparound, and how to assess whether this is happening. We will present findings from a new study and discuss their implications for best 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 TA Resource: Workforce Development

In response to the technical assistance questions we are most frequently asked, the NWI has produced a series of TA resources that summarize current research and implementation best practices in Wraparound. The first resource covers the topic of workforce development and features a collection of links to pertinent documents, webinars and other sources. Other resources in the series will be highlighted in upcoming newsletters.

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Share Your Knowledge on Workforce Development

What did you think of the NWI's new TA Resource on workforce development (see previous item)? Do you have other sources of information that could be helpful to others? Share your workforce development ideas and knowledge in the NWI discussion forum.

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In Memoriam

Andrew Debicki

Remembering Andrew Debicki (1954 – 2016)

The National Wraparound Initiative is saddened to announce the death of a treasured partner and friend, Andrew Debicki.

Andrew was Director of WrapAround Development for Shalem Mental Health Network in Hamilton, Ontario, and the National Development Director for Wrap Canada. Andrew embodied the principles of Wraparound through his unwavering dedication to the cause of helping youth with complex needs and their families. His vision and commitment to this cause brought Wraparound to Provinces and communities all over Canada. He was a close collaborator with the NWI and the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, and we will miss him greatly.

Read Andrew’s full obituary »

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News from the Field

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

  • Developing Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Programs
  • Innovation in Family Engagement
  • Lasting Mental Health Problems for Victimized LGBT Youth
  • Bullying and Substance Use Among Gay and Bisexual Youth

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Events and Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Announcement

SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Cooperative Agreements for the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances. The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth (birth-21) with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 5, 2016

How are you preparing for Awareness Day 2016? Fill out the pledge form to let SAMHSA and the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign team know how your community will participate!

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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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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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