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NWI Newsletter

April 23, 2020

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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NWI Resources and News

Upcoming Webinar: A “Virtual Tampa Conference Wraparound Track”

Date/Time: May 21, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET

The National Wraparound Initiative and Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team invite you to join us for a webinar at which we will present Wraparound outcomes research studies planned for the 2020 Tampa Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference that was sadly canceled due to COVID-19. In this 90-minute webinar, they will present findings from four studies: (1) a new meta-analysis of outcomes from 19 controlled Wraparound studies found in a systematic review, (2) a study of Medicaid costs savings from Connecticut’s Wraparound care coordination initiative, (3) a quasi-experimental study of outcomes as evaluated by the CANS instrument for Wraparound versus alternative services in a large provider organization, and (4) relationships between provider organization conditions and Wraparound fidelity and outcomes.

New Wraparound Blog Post: COVID-19: Guidance from The New York Times

Eric Bruns has written a new blog post highlighting new guidance from The NYT regarding the transmissibility of the COVID-19 virus.

National Wraparound Implementation Center Special Guidance Report: Managing and Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated April 20, 2020)

NWIC has published an update to their special guidance report on managing and responding to COVID-19 and assuring Wraparound fidelity while responding to public health directives.

Upcoming Webinar: Collaboration Between Youth Partners and Family Partners in Wraparound

Date/Time: April 30, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

Youth/Young Adult Peer Support is a relatively new addition to Wraparound. Programs sometimes struggle with understanding how teamwork is best enhanced when there is both a family partner and a youth partner involved. This webinar, presented by Janet Walker, Ph.D, Caitlin Baird, and Maria Hermsen, focuses on optimizing the connection between youth and family peer support partners when they are working together on Wraparound teams. It will cover key strategies on how to collaborate on addressing common challenges with life scenarios.

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns #27

Wraparound Puns No. 27

In this issue of Wraparound Puns, a young Wraparounder suggests a good use for rebellion.

News from the Field

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

  • 12 Resources Available to Help Children During this Stressful Time
  • Mental Health Experts Race to Help Children Cope with Stay-at-Home Life Amidst Coronavirus Closures
  • The Doctor Gap: Where Are All the Mental Health Care Providers?
  • Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now
  • Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect

Events and Opportunities

Upcoming Webinar: A Conversation on Youth & Young Adults Experiencing Housing Instability & Homelessness During COVID-19

Date/Time: April 24, 2020, 9am – 10:30am PT / 12pm – 1:30pm ET

Join The Institute for Innovation & Implementation for a discussion on the challenges of supporting youth and young adults experiencing housing instability or homelessness during COVID-19. Hear from experts about strategies to support youth who are currently or formerly in foster care as well as those who may be pregnant and/or parenting. Learn about specific experiences from the field and brainstorm solutions and innovative approaches to address these complex challenges.

Upcoming Webinar: Fostering Panther Pride: Collaboration on Supporting Success for Former Foster Youth and Homeless Students in College

Date/Time: April 30, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

This webinar, hosted by the National Research Collaborative for Foster Alumni and Higher Education, will introduce the Fostering Panther Pride (FPP) program, a campus support program at Florida International University (FIU). Launched in 2013, FPP has been serving FIU students from three types of backgrounds: former foster youth, adoptees from the Florida State DCF, and students with homeless experience. The presenters include program administrators and researchers. They will present information on the funding mechanism of FPP, its service components, findings from their evaluation research, and continuous collaborations between program administrators and researchers.

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 del Usuario del Proceso de 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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