Wraparound Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)
WERT releases WFI-EZ Benchmarks
August 30, 2021 | Nicole Aue
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Podcast: Home-visit program in child maltreatment cases strengthens parent-child interaction
January 24, 2017 | Emily Taylor
NIH funded a study of a home-visit program for parents previously investigated for child abuse. The study found that the program led to dramatic reduction in the percentage of young children who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care. During the home visits, trained specialists videotaped parents playing with their children and then provided feedback for the parents to help them be more sensitive to their child’s emotional and social cues.
Community Schools Can Make a Difference for LGBTQ Youth
January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor
This recent post from the Center for American Progress highlights the many benefits of community schools that “leverage partnerships between government agencies and community-based service providers to improve the educational achievement of students by caring for the overall well-being of students and their families”. The authors argue that community schools can also improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth by providing access to services and supports.