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NWI Newsletter

August 6, 2020

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Seeking NWI Partners for Rigorous Wraparound Evaluation

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NWI Resources and News

Join the Effort to Expand the Evidence Base for Wraparound – Become a Research Partner With the NWI/UW WERT

The evidence for the effectiveness of Wraparound has continued to grow over the past 20 years, but findings from randomized controlled trials have been mixed. Further rigorous evaluation is needed to establish the research base for Wraparound. The NWI and UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team are seeking members of the NWI community affiliated with Wraparound initiatives or programs that may be interested in participating in a rigorous (randomized or quasi-experimental) study of Wraparound.

New Webinar Recording and Slides Available: Applying Implementation Science to Wraparound: What Should We Measure?

A webinar presented July 8th by staff from the NWI and NWIC is now available to view online.

Wraparound is a widely utilized care coordination model for youth with serious behavioral health needs that aims to preserve resources, improve outcomes, and reduce rates of out-of-home placement. In recent years, structured training and coaching models and fidelity measures have proliferated. However, this can cause measurement dilemmas for Wraparound initiatives. Moreover, each individual Wraparound program using its own approaches makes it more challenging to analyze data across efforts and glean "lessons learned." This presentation included initial examples of what has been learned from Wraparound implementation research to date.

New on the Wraparound Blog: Supporting Successful Collaboration Between Youth Partners and Family Partners in Wraparound

Over the past few months, NWI and Pathways have released a tip sheet and presented a webinar on the topic of the collaboration between youth partners and family partners in Wraparound. In a recent blog post on the NWI site, we discuss some of the challenges inherent in this collaboration and review the work that has been done on the subject.

News from the Field

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

  • Juvenile Justice System Can Better Serve Children With Autism
  • Trading Social Media for In-Person Interaction May Reduce Depressive Symptoms in LGBT Youth
  • The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth With Serious Mental Illness
  • As Schools Reopen, Addressing Covid-19-Related Trauma and Mental Health Issues Will Take More Than Mental Health Services
  • Santa Clara County Rolls Out UBI Program for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
  • Has Child Abuse Surged Under Covid-19? Despite Alarming Stories From Ers, There’s No Answer

Events and Opportunities

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020: Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration

Date/Location: September 24, 2020 / Online

The CWVE is an annual 1-day event sponsored by the Children’s Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for States, in collaboration with planning partners.

On Thursday, September 24, the 2020 CWVE will bring together child welfare leaders and other child welfare professionals from federal, state, tribal, and local organizations across the country. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in online activities and virtual discussions, hear from national experts, and work on building skills related to strengthening families, creating prevention-focused child welfare systems, and supporting implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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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