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NWI Newsletter

October 23, 2018

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Philip Benjamin and Jon Olson

New Researchers Join NWI's WERT Team

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NWI Resources and News

New Researchers Join NWI's WERT Team

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.

Updated NWI Resource: Quality Improvement and Accountability in Wraparound

The NWI resource, "Quality Improvement and Accountability in Wraparound" has been updated as of August 2018. NWI strives to regularly review and update our existing materials to ensure they reflect current research and best practices. The resource sheet includes links to a variety of additional materials and webinars on the topic of quality improvement, fidelity, and assessment in Wraparound.

Spotlight: Ascent Health

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Ascent Health

This month our Spotlight features the entire team at Ascent Health, Inc. This non-profit mental health service provider serves as the Wraparound provider in Northeastern and Southern Louisiana and has recently expanded to Tennessee as well. Ascent, led by executive director Curtis Eberts, has more than 70 Wraparound Facilitators (Care Coordinators) on staff.

News from the Field

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

  • Research to Practice Brief: Family Engagement In School Responder Model
  • 2018 State Early Childhood Data Systems Report
  • Mobile Crisis Services Effective in Reducing ER Visits
  • New Research on Youth Suicide
  • Brief: Homelessness Among Families with Children

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: The Power of Telling Your Story

Date / Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12pm – 1:30pm PT / 3pm – 4:30pm ET

For family members with lived experience, telling their stories can be a powerful tool for both supporting others and raising awareness. In this webinar, FREDLA staff members will discuss guiding families to effectively tell their story, while respecting their child's story, use of social media and other tools and resources for storytelling.

Call for Proposals: 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health

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

The Call for Proposals for the "Tampa Conference" once again includes a track on Innovations in Wraparound. Those working in Wraparound management, supervision, evaluation, QA, and research are encouraged to submit a proposal related to the latest developments in care coordination for youth with complex needs. 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 deadline to submit a proposal is October 26, 2018.

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.

Nominations Open for Children's Bureau Champion Awards

Nomination Deadline: November 12, 2018

The Children's Bureau is accepting nominations for its Champion Awards which recognize agencies, community-based organizations, businesses, courts, individuals, parent leaders, and others who have made exceptional contributions to promoting the health and wellbeing of children and families.

NICWA Accepting Nominations for Champion for Native Children Award

Nomination Deadline: January 9, 2019

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is seeking nominations for individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of indigenous children, families, and communities in the United States or Canada. The awardee will be honored at NICWA's Protecting Our Children Conference in Albuquerque, NM, on March 31-April 3, 2019.

Save the Date: National Wraparound Implementation Academy

Date / Location: September 9 – 11, 2019, Baltimore, MD

Save the date for the 2019 NWIC Academy where care coordinators, parent and youth partners, supervisors, managers, administrators, policy-makers, researchers and evaluators will gather to learn from experts in Wraparound and system of care.

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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