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January 12, 2016

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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 Additions to the NWI Library

The NWI is a core partner in the TA Network and we are pleased to share five new technical assistance tools related to Wraparound implementation. These tools cover topics related to funding, staffing issues, juvenile justice and the power of youth & family voices to change the culture of courts.

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New Discussion: Does Evidence Based Practice Trump Experience?

Lisa Lambert, executive director of the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) has shared a thought-provoking blog post with the NWI. Her post urges us to consider not only the importance of evidence-based practice, but the experience level of those providing it. What are your thoughts on the subject?

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New WERT Website

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) has renovated its web site to bring you current, easy-to-find information. Check out Hattie Quick's posting about it in our discussion forums.

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Wraparound Comix

Facilitator Reel #24

Facilitator Reel No. 24

The "Facilitator Reel" is a series of one-pagers with a humorous take on wraparound roles and concepts. In Issue 24, Ralph skirts a parent-child disagreement.

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News from the Field

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

  • Anti-psychotic Medication and Children
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims and Obesity Risk
  • An Alternative to School Suspension
  • Teaching "Soft Skills" to Kids Pays Off

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

Career Opportunities in Wraparound

A number of agencies have posted Wraparound jobs to the NWI site. Qualified candidates are needed for positions across the country so visit the NWI jobs page today!

More information »

Free Online System of Care (SOC) Curriculum

The Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) has made available a free online curriculum designed to help communities, states, tribes, and territories to implement, improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges.

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2016 National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is a national health observance for teens. It promotes local events that use National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIDA) science to shatter the myths about drugs. How are you planning to participate? An online guide is available to help you plan and promote your event.

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Call for Abstracts – 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

This conference will be held in San Diego, California from September 29 – October 1, 2016 and the call for abstracts is open until February 29. The theme of this year's conference is "Shape the Future of School Mental Health: Advancing Quality and Sustainability."

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Submit your abstract online »

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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