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Help NWI and the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team

April 9, 2019 | Emily Taylor

The University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT), the “accountability wing” of NWI, is currently conducting a comprehensive review and meta-analysis of controlled outcome studies focused on the Wraparound process.

Having conducted a thorough search of peer-reviewed literature, such as journal articles, they are seeking help from colleagues in the field to identify outcome studies published in other formats or outlets, such as newsletters, evaluation reports, or government documents (often referred to as “grey literature”).

If you know of research that falls into this category, they would greatly appreciate your assistance. They are specifically looking for unpublished studies that fit the following criteria:

  • An evaluation of Wraparound that used a control group design (experimental or quasi—experimental);
  • The basic principles of Wraparound were in place to support youth between 3 and 21 years of age;
  • Measured outcomes related to living situation, mental health, youth functioning, and/or youth assets and resiliency.

If you know of and/or have access to any unpublished materials that meet these criteria, we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact our project lead, Jonathan Olson, at jro10@uw.edu with whatever information you may have.

Upcoming Webinar: Effectively Integrating the CANS into the Wraparound Process

March 14, 2019 | Emily Taylor

On April 30, the TA Network will host a webinar on how to integrate the Wraparound process, the most common care coordination model for youth with complex needs and their families, with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), the most widely used assessment tool in public child-serving systems. While some states, systems and organizations have found ways to have Wraparound and CANS co-exist and enhance each other, for others it continues to be a challenge.

In this webinar, presenters from the National Wraparound Initiative, the National Wraparound Implementation Center and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago (organizational home of the CANS), will share recommendations from the guidance document they collaborated on. They will discuss the best ways to coordinate the CANS assessment with Wraparound practice and how to handle potential challenges.

Register for the webinar through the TA Network here »

Read the guidance document »

Jonathon Drake Memorial Fund

February 26, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Jonathon Drake, MSW, was a tireless advocate for youth, especially youth with emotional and behavioral challenges, and the professionals who support them. As a Project Director at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, Jonathon worked as a RENEW Trainer, Wraparound Coach, and direct support professional. His family and colleagues have established the Jonathon Drake Memorial Fund to help continue the efforts he made during his life to sustain system-level change and to promote positive opportunities for youth.

Learn more and contribute to the fund»

Registration Open for National Wraparound Implementation Academy!

February 26, 2019 | Emily Taylor

Registration is now open for the National Wraparound Implementation Academy. Register by March 31, 2019 for the early bird rate and save $100. The Academy will be held September 9-11, 2019 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. The Academy is designed to provide participants involved in Wraparound – care coordinators, care supervisors, state and organizational leaders, parent peer support providers and more – the opportunity to build skills and gain tools and information to use in their states, tribes and organizations.

Register and learn more»

New Report and Webinar Recording on Adapting Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults

December 18, 2018 | Emily Taylor

Two new resources on adapting Wraparound for older youth and young adults are available now on the NWI site. The report, “Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults: Providers’ Views on Whether and How to Adapt Wraparound,” based on interviews with providers, identifies the kinds of adaptations providers are making when working with older youth and young adults. The report also includes links to additional resources and outlines plans NWI and NWIC have to develop additional guidance for the field on this topic.

A recording of the Dec. 11 webinar on the same topic is also available for viewing. In the webinar, presenters Janet Walker and Caitlin Baird described research included in the new report (above) on the ways in which providers are adapting Wraparound when working with older youth and young adults.

Read the report»

View the webinar recording»

The NWI Welcomes New Researchers to the Team

October 18, 2018 | Emily Taylor

The NWI’s evaluation arm, the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at the University of Washington, has added two new researchers to the team: Jonathan Olson, Research Scientist and Philip Benjamin, Research Coordinator.

Philip Benjamin and Jon Olson

“The NWI, National Wraparound Implementation Center, and UW WERT all got very lucky in finding both Jonathan and Philip,” said Eric Bruns, Co-Director of the NWI, Director of WERT and Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

“Jonathan has spent many years focused on the exact phenomena on evaluating the impact of systems-level and workforce efforts to improve the quality of community-based programming, which is what we do, and where we needed high-level research support. Meanwhile, Philip has a Master’s degree in psychology with a focus on evidence-based clinical practices with children and adolescents. This renders him well-qualified to help us ask questions about the level of implementation of both Wraparound and the clinical services to which all Wraparound-enrolled youth need access. They will play pivotal roles in the next phase of our work in supporting the field in implementing high fidelity Wraparound.”

In his role as a Research Scientist with WERT, Jonathan will help support evaluation efforts with the goal of learning about how to best support the implementation of the Wraparound process within local communities across the country. He comes to the team with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His past research has focused on predictors of internalizing and externalizing outcomes among young people, positive youth development, and the effectiveness of systems designed to support the implementation and sustainability of prevention programs for children, youth, and families. Before joining the WERT team, Jonathan taught research methods and statistics classes at Bastyr University, and conducted applied research on technical assistance and support systems at Penn State University. He is excited to use these experiences to help guide evaluations of Wraparound technical assistance systems and implementation efforts. In his personal time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, and is usually engaged in some form of outdoor adventures, including running, mountain biking, hiking, and boating.

As a Research Coordinator with WERT, Philip will help support the team’s leaders in their evaluation efforts with the goal of learning about how to best support the implementation of Wraparound services within local communities across the country. Philip recently graduated from the University of Washington department of psychology with a Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment. Prior to this, he worked in community mental health (Childhaven and Youth Eastside Services). Philip enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and puppy.

Sept. 11 Webinar: How to Be a Successful Wraparound Provider Organization: Necessary Organizational Supports for Wraparound

September 4, 2018 | Emily Taylor

On Sept. 11 from 10-11 a.m. PDT/ 1 to 2 p.m. EDT, the National Wraparound Initiative and the National Wraparound Implementation Center are hosting a webinar on the Wraparound Provider Organization certification. Kim Estep will present the details of the certification, which includes a timeline of critical elements spanning organizational readiness, supervision, and care coordinator activities related to successful installation of Wraparound in a provider organization.

Register for the webinar»

NWI’s Eric Bruns Quoted on Wraparound Model in Schools

August 29, 2018 | Emily Taylor

A recent article in the Hechinger Report focused on the success of preschool programs that provide support for the entire family. Eric Bruns, co-director of NWI, leader of the Wraparound Evaluation & Research (WERT) team, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is quoted in the article: “It’s almost just a universal truism that the earlier you start working with a family that shows any sign of need for extra support, the earlier you intervene, the better the outcomes you’re going to achieve.”

Read more about Wraparound model in schools»

Brian McBride Promoted to Director of Wraparound Milwaukee

July 25, 2018 | Emily Taylor

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division announced that Brian McBride has been promoted to director of Wraparound Milwaukee. In his 16 years with Wraparound Milwaukee, McBride has worked as care coordinator, supervisor, program manager and most recently, interim director. Established in 1995 and part of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD), Wraparound Milwaukee is a nationally recognized program providing comprehensive care for children with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs.

Read the article»

TOM 2.0 Now Integrated with WrapTrack

June 26, 2018 | Emily Taylor

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) is excited to announce that the Team Observation Measure, Version 2.0 (TOM 2.0) has been built into their online data entry and reporting system, WrapTrack. Users can now enter their TOM 2.0 data into the system and run automatic reports to calculate total and subscale scores across care coordinators and organizations.

The TOM 2.0 is designed to assess adherence to standards of high-quality Wraparound observed during team meeting sessions. It consists of 36 indicators, organized into seven subscales – five dedicated to the key implementation elements of Wraparound (as trained by the National Wraparound Implementation Center and assessed by the WFI-EZ), one that evaluates meeting attendance, and one that assesses facilitation skills.

1. Full Meeting Attendance

2. Effective Teamwork

3. Driven by Strengths and Families

4. Based on Priority Needs

5. Use of Natural and Community Supports

6. Outcomes-Based Process

7. Skilled Facilitation

For more information about the TOM 2.0 and WrapTrack visit WERT’s website»