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May 11, 2017

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative!

NWIC Academy 2017

National Wraparound Implementation Academy: Early Bird Registration Ends May 31!

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming NWI Webinar: Making the Most of Your Wraparound Fidelity Data (How to Interpret WFI-EZ Results and Put Them to Use)

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 11am – 12pm PT / 2pm – 3pm ET

The Wraparound Fidelity Index, Short form (WFI-EZ) is a brief survey of fidelity to the Wraparound care coordination model. In this webinar, WERT will provide guidance about both the interpretation and use of WFI-EZ results. Participants can expect to leave with practical steps to understanding and disseminating their WFI-EZ results and sample language for reporting purposes.

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Eric Bruns

NWI Blog: From Zero to 206 in 25 Years – The Wraparound Research Base Reviewed

Check out the first installment of a new series of blog entries from the NWI and NWIC on Wraparound innovations, research, events and happenings. In this post Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., Professor, University of Washington and Co-Director, National Wraparound Initiative, reflects on the last 25 years of development in the research base for Wraparound.

Read Eric's blog post »

Emily Taylor

Staff Update

John Ossowski has left Portland State University to pursue new opportunities on the East Coast. We all wish him the best of luck! Emily Taylor, who has been working with John over the past year, has replaced John in his roles with the NWI.

Read more about Emily »

In the forums...

Be sure to check out the latest threads in the WERT learning community discussion forum. Recently, WERT has posted answers to frequently asked questions about WrapTrack. NWI members and visitors can respond to discussions through their Facebook account – no additional login needed!

Check out the forums »

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns #4

Wraparound Puns #4

The latest installment of Craig Delano's Wraparound Puns comic reminds us what it means to be a "service provider."

Read Wrapround Puns #4 »

News from the Field

The following are NWI staff selections of recent news items of interest to the Wraparound community:

  • New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health and School Readiness in Young Children
  • Telehealth Guidelines for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Research Shows Benefit of Pediatric-Based Brief Behavioral Treatment
  • The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children
  • Parenting-Based Therapies Best for Children with Disruptive Behaviors

View these and other news items »

Events and Opportunities

Job: National Wraparound Lead Training Specialist

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work is hiring for two National Wraparound Lead Training Specialist positions. These specialists will provide training and technical assistance in multiple implementation settings nationally in Wraparound and provide guidance and content expertise specific to implementing this evidence informed practice model.

Learn more and apply for the positions »

Millersville University School of Social Work's Learning Institute: Children's Rights

Date / Location: June 7 – 9, 2017, Lancaster, PA

The conference invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that explore challenges faced by our children, as well as policies, programs, and practices that protect them and build opportunities for their increased well-being. These presentations may be original research, theoretical framework(s), clinical interventions, pedagogy, and/or policy/advocacy. The conditions that compromise children's resilience and jeopardize their well-being are complex and multifaceted; they require equally complex and interdisciplinary responses.

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Webinar: Introduction to the CMHI National Evaluation Early Childhood Tools

Date / Time: Monday, May 15, 2017, 11:30am – 1pm PT / 2:30pm – 4pm ET

Part of the Early Childhood SOC LC, this webinar will describe the new tools being rolled out for children ages 0-5, why the National Evaluation is collecting early childhood data, and how the tools can be used by SOCs serving early childhood populations. It will also explore which states and communities are already using some of these tools, and what other early childhood tools they are using.

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Funding Opportunity: SAMHSA Grants in Support of Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

Application Deadline: May 17, 2017

The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families in communities that have recently faced civil unrest and promote resilience and equity through the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs and promote access to trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Apply for the grants »

National Wraparound Implementation Academy: Early Bird Registration

Date / Location: September 11 – 13, 2017, Baltimore, MD

The 2017 National Wraparound Implementation Academy will provide participants with opportunities to build knowledge and skills to support their work in Wraparound. This year's Academy will feature intermediate and advanced tracks that build upon last year's content, as well as tracks designed for those just beginning in Wraparound.

Learn more and register »

Order Publications from the NWI

Printed copies of the following publications can be ordered from the NWI:

  • Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families
  • Manual de Usuario del Proceso del Wraparound (Asistencia Integral): Una Guía para Familias (Spanish Version of The Wraparound Process User's Guide)
  • Wraparound Implementation Guide: A Handbook for Administrators and Managers

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