Peer Support Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Increasing Engagement Of Fathers In Services Through Father-Specific Programming

February 8, 2021 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This webinar, from the Institute on Research and Poverty at University of Wisconsin, Madison, talks about how father-specific programming can enhance outcomes for children and families and highlights examples of such programming.

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The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This study looked at whether the availability of peer support reduced disparities in use of outpatient mental health services among youth ages 16–24 with serious mental illness in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Researchers found that peer support was generally associated with an increase in use of outpatient mental health services among Black and Latinx youth.

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FosterStrong, Media Platform For and By Foster Youth, To Launch This Week

May 28, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new nonprofit led by those with lived experience in the foster care system, designed to share stories of those currently in foster care as well as alums, launched this week.

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Practice Brief: Supporting the Youth Peer Workforce

March 9, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This new practice brief, prepared in collaboration with MHTTC and Pathways RTC, addresses the existing research on how to best support youth peer support specialists and offers strategies and to address some of the common challenges they and their employers face.

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New Resource: Assessing Readiness to Become a Parent Peer Support Provider

July 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new TA Network tip sheet produced by FREDLA is designed to help determine when a parent is ready to become a parent peer support provider (PPSP). The practical resource includes a list of qualifications and skills, as well as interview questions and links to other information.

Access the Parent Peer Support Provider Readiness Tip Sheet»

Locking Up Juvenile Offenders Doesn’t Work

June 10, 2015 |

According to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, reduced sentences and community-based treatments for juvenile offenders are more effective than incarceration. The report also presents research showing that lengthy stays for juvenile offenders in out-of-home settings, like a correctional center or residential facility, are expensive for governments and fail to reduce young offenders’ risk of recidivism, making for a poor return on investment.

Read the article and access the report today >>