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NWI Newsletter

June 23, 2020

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Seeking Input for Developing a Text-Based “Mobile Health” Application for Wraparound

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NWI Resources and News

Developing a Text-Based “Mobile Health” Application for Wraparound: A Call for Input from NWI Advisors

Being “Outcomes based and data informed” may be the most important Wraparound principle. When Wraparound initiatives collect and use data (e.g., on engagement, satisfaction, progress), positive outcomes are more likely. The NWI and UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team are now seeking input from members of the NWI community of practice on a new effort to develop software that will provide a text message-based system for Wraparound. Such a system would allow parents and families to report on outcomes, help Wraparound programs be more responsive and outcomes-based, and other benefits. Those who provide complete survey responses will receive a $20 Amazon gift card.

Upcoming Webinar: Applying Implementation Science to Wraparound: What Should We Measure? What Have We Learned?

Date/Time: July 8, 2020, 11pm – 12:30pm PT / 2pm – 3:30pm ET

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 session includes initial examples of what has been learned from Wraparound implementation research to date.

New Webinar Recording and Slides Available: A “Virtual Tampa Conference Wraparound Track”

This webinar, presented on May 21st, 2020, presented 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.

Tip Sheet: Telehealth for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Privacy, Emotional Safety and Welfare During Covid-19 and Beyond

Pathways RTC has released a new tip sheet that provides initial guidance for protecting the emotional safety, privacy and welfare of transition-age youth and young adults while they are participating in virtual mental health care. This list, compiled via consultation with youth peer support specialists, clinicians, and supervisors who work with young people, is intended as a starting point as services evolve to meet the challenges of this new era.

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns #29

Wraparound Puns No. 29

In this issue of Wraparound Puns, a young Wraparounder is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

News from the Field

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

  • Researchers Find Association Between Participation in Extended Foster Care and Reduced Risk of Homelessness
  • Alameda County’s Youth Transitions Partnership Program: A Promising Model for Supporting Transition-age Youth In Foster Care
  • A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty
  • Strings Attached: Young Adults Fight to Stay in Foster Care
  • U.S. Parents Say Covid-19 Harming Child’s Mental Health
  • Black Suicidality and Mental Health #Blacklivesmatter
  • The Trevor Project Releases Mental Health Guide for Black LGBTQ Youth
  • Researchers Call for Youth Exercise Programs in Inpatient Mental Health

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: Supporting Youth Vocational Goals with Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Collaboration: Implications for the Present

Date/Time: June 30, 2020, 12pm – 1pm PT / 3pm – 4pm ET

This webinar will present findings from a 3-phase study examining collaboration related to the vocational goals of transition-age youth (ages 14–24) with serious mental health conditions between state vocational rehabilitation services and public mental health systems. Data from qualitative interviews with local vocational rehabilitation and mental health leadership from communities that received SAMHSA grants to improve services for transition-age youth with or at risk of serious mental health conditions, web surveys of key informants from programs in these communities, and the national rehabilitation services administrative database (RSA911) in regards transition-age youth with serious mental health conditions were analyzed. These findings will be presented in the first half, to be followed by a facilitated discussion by attendees about their implications in the current economic climate.

Webinar: COVID-19 Impact on the Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

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

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly altered delivery of clinical services to all in need, but has proven especially challenging for programs that serve youth with co-occurring substance use and mental health needs. Often, youth with co-occurring and multiply-occurring needs are best matched with intensive, home/community-based programs. Home/community-based service delivery to youth and families with high risk and multiple areas of need is challenging under the best of conditions. The physical distancing precautions and associated virtual/telehealth adaptations have only added to these existing challenges. This Learning Community Webinar is designed to support providers with strategies for engaging and maintaining youth with multiple areas of need in our new environment, and to provide a platform for a sharing of ideas regarding “lessons learned.”

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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