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NWI Newsletter

March 27, 2018

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Youth engagement blog post

New Blog Post: Increasing Youth Engagement in Wraparound

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NWI Resources and News

New Blog Post: Increasing Youth Engagement in Wraparound: Findings from a Randomized Study

In this new blog post, NWI Co-Director Janet Walker summarizes a recent article she and NWI/NWIC colleagues wrote on the results of their randomized study. In the study, half of the participants received Wraparound "as usual" and the others were given Wraparound with an enhancement that increased youths' engagement and active participation in Wraparound.

Latest Wraparound Research

The NWI site’s Latest Wraparound Research page has been updated with the most recently published research articles. Topics covered include attrition and effectiveness among low-income youth of different racial backgrounds, long-term savings, and enhancing youths' engagement.

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns #11

Wraparound Puns #11

In the latest installment of Wraparound Puns, a young Wraparounder carefully interprets the words of his Wraparound facilitator.

News from the Field

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

  • Study of First-Graders Shows Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevalent in U.S. Communities
  • New Ways of Working and Learning Can Grow Resilient Children's Social Workers
  • New NCTSN Resource: Training Toolkit for Providers
  • Child Trends Research: The Prevalence of ACEs, Nationally, by State and by Race/Ethnicity

Events and Opportunities

Upcoming Webinar: Measuring Wraparound Fidelity in Systems of Care

Date / Time: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:30am – 1pm PT / 2:30pm – 4pm ET

Part of the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series, this webinar will feature presenters from NWI/NWIC/WERT providing an overview of processes and technologies associated with ensuring quality and accountability in Wraparound care coordination. Topics covered will include the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS), WrapSTAR and the new Wraparound Implementation Practice Standards (WIPS), as well as strategies for incorporating fidelity assessments into already existing data collection procedures and timelines.

Webinar: Cultural and Linguistic Competence Peer Learning Exchange – Cultural and Behavioral Health Equity Considerations for Wraparound Practice

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

Presenters will discuss how to implement the CLAS Standards in Wraparound Practice and how to apply tools designed to help service providers integrate Wraparound into the individual or family’s culture.

Early Bird Registration for University of Maryland, Baltimore, Training Institutes and Pre-Institututes

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

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

The 2018 Training Institutes are sponsored by the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and hosted by the School of Social Work's Institute for Innovation and Implementation. Held since 1986, the biennial Training Institutes offer cross-system training on children's behavioral health. Supervision in Wraparound: Moving Beyond the Values and Principles, one of six Pre-Institutes Training Programs offered this year, will be taught by Kim Estep, Co-Director, National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC) and Kimberly "Covi" Coviello, NWIC Program Manager. Note: Early bird registration ends March 31, 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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