Wraparound News Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

New NWI Webinar Recording: WrapStat Turns One: An Overview and Update on the New Online Wraparound Evaluation System

April 29, 2022 | NWI

WrapStat, the online software package that supports collection of Wraparound fidelity, satisfaction, and outcomes data and use of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System, has now been online for nearly a year. In this webinar, members of the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team provided an overview of WrapStat, lessons learned from its first year of use, plans for the future, answers to FAQs, and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

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New Webinar Recording: ‘Wraparound and the Family First Prevention Services Act: Opportunities and Requirements for States’

March 9, 2022 | NWI

“Intensive Care Coordination Using a High Fidelity Wraparound Process” is now listed by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse of research supported programs, and so is now eligible for Title IV-E reimbursement under the Family First Prevention Service Act (FFPSA). The NWI has developed several resources, including this webinar, to help states and other stakeholders understand the implications of this decision, as well as what they must do in order to include Wraparound in their FFPSA five-year plans.

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JAACAP Editorial Highlights Wraparound’s Evidence Base

November 14, 2021 | NWI

An editorial in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry highlights the research supporting Wraparound’s effectiveness, as well as studies examining what makes for successful implementation. A new blog from the NWI discusses the editorial.

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Study Finds Wraparound Implementation Better in Care Management Entities

May 10, 2021 | NWI

A newly published study has found that Wraparound Implementation tends consistently to be better in Care Management Entities (CMEs) versus Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs). A blog post from the NWI discusses the findings and describes how strategies that make Wraparound implementation successful in CMEs can be replicated in CMHCs.

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New Findings on Wraparound’s Effectiveness

April 13, 2021 | NWI

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has just published a new study that formally summarizes the existing research on Wraparound’s costs and impact on child and youth outcomes. The new meta-analysis combines findings from 17 previous studies, and shows positive effects of Wraparound on cost of care, maintaining children and youth in their homes and communities, school functioning, mental health symptoms and general functioning. The analyses also suggest that Wraparound is particularly effective in producing positive outcomes for children and youth of color.

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New NWI Guidance Document: “NWI Guidance for Family First Prevention Service Act Evaluation Plans for High Fidelity Wraparound”

March 26, 2021 | NWI

States that are interested in including Wraparound in their FFPSA five-year plan must also submit a well-designed and rigorous evaluation strategy, as well as a plan for continuous quality improvement (CQI) and fidelity monitoring. This new document from the NWI provides guidance on how to meet these criteria.

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Nominate a Wraparound Star for the Spotlight!

March 26, 2021 | NWI

The NWI spotlight recognizes people who have made contributions to Wraparound at any level, from participation on a single Wraparound team to leading a state or national initiative. If you know of someone whose Wraparound story or journey merits recognition, we encourage you to nominate them.

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New Webinar Recording and Slides: “WrapStat – A New System for Collecting and Using Wraparound Fidelity, Satisfaction, and Outcomes Data”

March 26, 2021 | NWI

Research continues to accrue showing that Wraparound care coordination can promote positive youth and family outcomes. However, outcomes are more positive when the team process, supervision, and organizational and system decisions are informed by relevant data. WrapStat is a web-based data collection, management, and feedback system designed to evaluate the fidelity of Wraparound based on measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), such as the Wraparound Fidelity Index and Team Observation Measure. WrapStat provides an array of functions that can promote rigorous fidelity and outcomes evaluation of Wraparound, including a youth roster that collects and reports on length of stay, discharge disposition, progress toward needs, and core outcomes for all enrolled youth; random sampling and data collection tracking for fidelity assessment using the WFI-EZ and TOM; email functions that send links to fidelity and satisfaction surveys to parents, youth, and care coordinators; and continually updated “dashboards” and custom reports at care coordinator, program, and system levels. This webinar provides an overview of how WrapStat works and how it can be used to aid Wraparound initiatives of any size or complexity to stay on track.

If you would like to license use of the WFAS tools – which includes use of WrapStat to keep your Wraparound evaluation on track – please contact the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team via our website, or by emailing us at wrapeval@uw.edu.

New Webinar Recording and Slides: “How Do Program and System Factors Influence Wraparound Implementation, Fidelity, and Sustainment?”

March 26, 2021 | NWI

Wraparound care coordination has been shown to be capable of promoting more positive outcomes for youth and families with complex needs. However, practitioners, technical assistance providers, program and system leaders, and youth and family advocates have all observed how the complexity of children’s service systems can make it challenging to provide high quality and effective Wraparound. This webinar presented on January 21, 2021 expanded on new Wraparound research recently presented at the annual Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health Conference. The research study, by members of the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team and National Wraparound Implementation Center, presents new research that employs sophisticated measures of implementation that aims to answer several critical questions about what drives Wraparound implementation success. First, what is the typical amount of time it takes for a service system to achieve initial implementation and sustainment of Wraparound, compared to other evidence based practices (EBPs)? Second, what is the effect of system factors – specifically, the types of Wraparound provider organizations that are used – on Wraparound implementation success and time to success? Third, how do these system and program factors affect the workforce being trained to implement Wraparound? Results are translated into concrete recommendations for states, jurisdictions, and provider organizations seeking to implement high-quality Wraparound.

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