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July 31, 2018

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Upcoming Webinar: How to Be a Successful Wraparound Provider Organization

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar – How to Be a Successful Wraparound Provider Organization: Necessary Organizational Supports for Wraparound

Date / Time: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

Using the National Wraparound Implementation Standards (Coldiron, Bruns, Hensley & Paragoris, 2016), NWIC developed the Wraparound Provider Organization (WPO) certification requirements that includes a timeline of critical elements spanning organizational readiness, supervision, and care coordinator activities related to successful installation of Wraparound in a provider organization. The WPO credentialing is comprised of four structural elements: 1) Organization Readiness, 2) Wraparound Supervision, 3) Wraparound Care Coordination and 4) Outcomes, and each of the elements include subcategories identified as key for framing the organizational implementation successes and needs for each element across time.

Member Spotlight: Adriana Estevez

Adriana Estevez

Adriana Estevez

Adriana Estévez, M.Ed. Is the Wraparound/Drop-In Center Director for the Healthy Transitions grant-funded YouForward program. Adriana uses the Wraparound model in her work with peer mentors and youth at the drop-in center in Lawrence, MA. She is also an AMP coach and trainer, which further informs her focus on being youth-driven and strengths-based in her work with the youth and young adults at the drop-in center.

News from the Field

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

  • RWJF: Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
  • Research: Impact of Parental Incarceration
  • Casey Foundation's 2018 Kids Count Data Book
  • Only 22 Percent of Youths Treated for Anxiety Disorders Stay Anxiety-Free
  • Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators

Events and Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Care Coordinator

Choices CCS is currently recruiting for multiple Care Coordinators to join this national non-profit organization committed to supporting youth with significant behavioral and emotional challenges in community settings by using evidence-informed methods that build on the strengths of everyone involved.

Webinar: Cultural and Linguistic Competence Peer Learning Exchange – Lessons from the Field: Implementing Behavioral Health Equity Programs

Date / Time: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:30am – 12:30pm PT / 2:30pm – 3:30pm ET

This webinar will be an opportunity to share and discuss what has been learned implementing various behavioral health equity programs, including the CLAS Standards.

Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Young People with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Through a Comprehensive Continuum of Services and Supports

Date / Time: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 12pm – 1:30pm PT / 3pm – 4:30pm ET

The third webinar in the 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series, providing information and resources, on innovative approaches to address the needs and challenges of rural community behavioral health. The webinar series provides an opportunity for participants to learn from experts and each other about innovations, practices, and programs focused on rural communities.

Upcoming Webinar: Enhancing Skills for Peer Support Providers: Research on the AMP+ Skills Enhancement Training

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

Research on peer support in mental health consistently cites a lack of clarity around the role and its skills as a barrier to high-quality implementation. This webinar reports on a study testing the AMP+ skills-enhancement intervention for peer support providers working with youth and young adults. AMP+ provides web-based training and video coaching that is specific to the peer role. Peers reported high satisfaction, improved their skills, and reported reduced work-related anxiety.

2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

Date / Location: October 11 – 13, 2018, Las Vegas, NV

This year this interdisciplinary conference on school mental health will feature the theme, "School Mental Health – A Sure Bet for Student Success!"

2018 Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, 29th Annual Conference

Date / Location: November 1 – 3, 2018, Houston, TX

This event brings together family members, young adults, and professionals and focuses on issues and trends pertaining to children's mental health from the family-driven, youth-guided perspective. Early bird registration discount is available until September 30, 2018.

Save the Date: 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Date / Location: March 3 – 6, 2019, Tampa, FL

Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policymakers, administrators, parents, and advocates is sponsored by Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida, and partners including the National Wraparound Initiative. The call for papers for the March 2019 conference will open on August 15, 2018.

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


"The NWI works to promote understanding about the components and benefits of Wraparound, and to provide the field with resources to facilitate high quality and consistent Wraparound implementation."


Funds to support this activity come from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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