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NWI Newsletter

June 26, 2018

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Jonathon Drake

Remembering Jonathon Drake

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NWI Resources and News

Wraparound Blog – Remembering Jonathon Drake

It is with great sadness that the National Wraparound Initiative announces the passing of a cherished member of its community. Jonathon Drake, 36, a longstanding NWI member and integral part of our national network of champions for youth with complex needs, died on May 23, 2018. Jonathan was a social worker at the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) Institute on Disability. The NWI will be working with UNH on a lasting tribute to this remarkable individual.

New Research Published on Use of Electronic Health Records in Wraparound

A new article has been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research presenting results from the first-ever randomized study of the impact of an electronic health record (EHR) on provider, service, and client outcomes in children's mental health.

For more information on the research, contact Eric Bruns at ebruns@uw.edu. For more information on the EHR software, contact Dr. Kelly Hyde at klhydephd@fidelityehr.com.

Register Now for Pre-Institute Training Program: Supervision in Wraparound

"Supervision in Wraparound: Moving Beyond the Values and Principles" is one of six intensive two-day Pre-Institute Training Programs being offered Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25, before the Training Institutes. It will focus on translational leadership and supporting supervisors in creating a climate and culture that allows for quality Wraparound implementation. Kim Estep, NWIC Director, and Kimberly "Covi" Coviello, NWIC Program Manager, will lead the Pre-Institute. They will challenge supervisors to create a sense of enthusiasm and excitement about Wraparound installation for front-line staff through translation of the Wraparound value-base into concrete skills expected of care coordination staff.

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns No. 13

Wraparound Puns No. 13

In this latest release of "Wraparound Puns" by cartoonist Craig Delano, a facilitator manages to outwit a clever young Wraparounder at her own game.

News from the Field

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

  • School-Based Mental Health Centers Play Vital Role for Hispanic and Black Students
  • Children Who Are Cleared to Leave Psychiatric Hospitals – But Can't
  • Brief: Preparing for Effective SEL Implementation
  • Children's Suicide-Related Hospital Visits Rise Sharply
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Brief on Impact of Medicaid Expansion

Events and Opportunities

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Training Institutes

Date / Location: July 25 – 28, 2018, Washington, DC

Pre-Institutes Date / Location: July 24 – 25, 2018, Washington, DC

The Training Institutes will focus on the theme, "Leading Change – Integrating Systems and Improving Outcomes in Behavioral Health for Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families." There will also be six Pre-Institute Programs offering in-depth sessions including best practices in residential interventions, reducing anti-LGBTQ+ bias, supervision in Wraparound, adaptive system of care leadership, and more.

Family Week

Date / Location: July 28 – August 4, 2018, Provincetown, MA

Family Week is a week-long event co-hosted by COLAGE and Family Equality Council for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) parented families to gather in Provincetown, MA. For more than 20 years, Family Week has supported and inspired, fostered community and friendships, and addressed the unique joys and challenges that arise for LGBTQ families through a week of programs, events, and celebrations. Family Week includes daily programming for youth ages 7–18 and family and parent programs.

Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series

1. The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Youth in Rural Communities – How Schools and Communities Are Responding

Date / Time: Thursday, July 19, 2018, 12pm – 1pm PT / 3pm – 4pm ET

2. 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 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide 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.

2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

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

This year the annual conference of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) will feature the theme, "School Mental Health – A Sure Bet for Student Success!" Early bird registration rates are available until June 30, 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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