Wraparound Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

New Research on Peer Support in Wraparound

May 13, 2022 | NWI

This new article, published in Psychiatric Services, reports on a study that investigated a skills enhancement and role clarification training intervention for young adult peer support specialists (YPSSs) in Wraparound. The results showed gains in YPSSs’ skills and confidence in providing person-centered planning to the young people they worked with as well as reduced job-related anxiety and high training satisfaction.

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Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Wraparound

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Previous research has illustrated significant disparities in outcomes of non-Wraparound care on the basis of youths’ race-ethnicity. This study aimed to fill a research gap by examining disparities in outcomes for families receiving Wraparound care coordination within a system of care.

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WERT releases WFI-EZ Benchmarks

August 30, 2021 | NWI

Users of the Wraparound Fidelity Index-EZ will be pleased to learn that the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team at the University of Washington has released a brief report describing benchmarks that programs can use to interpret their WFI-WZ scores. The benchmarks provide score ranges for Wraparound fidelity that is high, adequate, borderline and inadequate.

Read the NWI blog for more details »

Access the benchmarks report »

Making the preschool magic last as children get older

August 29, 2018 | Emily Taylor

This article from Hechinger Report profiles the success of Christopher House, a nonprofit in Chicago that runs a charter elementary school and several preschools. From the preschool on, Christopher House focuses on supporting the needs of the entire family. Based on the academic performance of its students, the approach is successful.

Read more about schools providing intensive family support»

April 26 Webinar: Measuring Wraparound Fidelity in Systems of Care

March 21, 2018 | Emily Taylor

Part of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series, this webinar will feature presenters from NWI providing an overview of the processes and technologies associated with ensuring quality and accountability in Wraparound care coordination. Topics covered will include the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), WrapSTAR and the new Wraparound Implementation Practice Standards (WIPS), as well as strategies for incorporating fidelity assessments into already existing data collection procedures and timelines.


  • Eric Bruns, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
  • Spencer Hensley, BA, Technical Assistance Specialist, University of Washington
  • April Sather. MPH, Research Project Director,
    University of Washington


  • Abram Rosenblatt, PhD, Project Director, CMHI National Evaluation, Westat

Register for the webinar»

Research Review: Coordinated Adolescent- and Family-Centered Services

June 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health has published a research review on coordinated adolescent and family-centered services, one of the “Five Essentials” identified by its Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG) effort. The review highlights research, evaluation reports, and other publications that inform the field about key issues in, and effective practices for, fostering improved health, reducing risky behavior, and improving engagement and healthy development in young people.

Read the TAG research review»

Wraparound Conference in New Zealand

February 20, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Dr. Ruth Gammon of Massey University in New Zealand and Dr. Eric Bruns, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, were keynote speakers at a Wraparound conference at Massey University earlier this month. The event offered information and training workshops for those who work with at-risk children and families.

Read more about the Wraparound event in New Zealand»

Eric Bruns in New Zealand for National Wraparound Summit

February 13, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Eric Bruns, PhD, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, is in New Zealand this week for a National Wraparound Hui at Massey University. (Hui is a word with Māori origins used in New Zealand for gatherings and assemblies). Bruns participated in a national radio interview there with Dr. Ruth Gammon, Massey University psychologist and organizer of the event, about how wraparound services can help at-risk kids.

Listen to the interview on Radio New Zealand with Eric Bruns and Ruth Gammon»

Resource: The Importance of Family Involvement in Evaluation

February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Presentation materials are now available from SAMHSA on the importance and value of engaging families in evaluation efforts related to system of care expansion. This resource should be of interest to those working in family-run organizations, including family leaders, evaluators, directors, managers, and other team members.

Access the presentation on The Importance of Family Involvement in Evaluation»

Resource: Putting the Outcomes-Based Principle into Action Part One: A Guide for Wraparound care coordinators

January 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new resource is now available on the NWI site: “Putting the Outcomes-Based Principle into Action Part One: A Guide for Wraparound Care Coordinators.” This guide was prepared by Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, Spencer W. Hensley, Eric J. Bruns and Ryan Paragoris of the University of Washington School of Medicine Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, to provide concrete guidance to Wraparound care coordinators about how to apply theessential Wraparound principle of being outcomes based.

Download the Wraparound Coordinator Guide»

Access the webinar recording on this topic along with other past webinar recordings and resources»