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NWI Newsletter

May 15, 2020

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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 Practice Brief and Study Guide Available: How Youth Partners Can Collaborate with Family Partners in Wraparound

A new practice brief from NWI and Pathways Research and Training Center provides guidance for youth and family partners working together on Wraparound teams to collaborate and address common challenges while supporting the youth and family. It is accompanied by a study guide which gives some possible answers to the questions raised in the scenarios in the practice brief and can be used as tool in supervision, coaching or training.

New Webinar Recording and Slides Available: Collaboration Between Youth and Family Partners in Wraparound

This webinar, presented by Caitlin Baird, Maria Hermsen-Kritz, and Janet Walker on April 30th, 2020, focused on strategies to optimize the connection between youth and family peer support partners when they are working together on Wraparound teams. It covered key strategies on how to collaborate as well as how to address common challenges.

New Webinar Recording Available: Peer Parent Support: Evolution, Promises and Challenges

This webinar provided an overview of high quality and purposeful peer support for parents, as well as a brief history of how Peer Parent Support has been integrated into Wraparound projects. Presenters provided an evolution of peer parent support and the various ways it has been implemented within the Wraparound structure over the past 25 years, reviewing challenges and lessons learned.

Wraparound Comix

Wraparound Puns #28

Wraparound Puns No. 28

In this issue of Wraparound Puns, Jay is introduced to a Wraparound concept.

News from the Field

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

  • How to Keep Children’s Stress from Turning into Trauma
  • AAP Outlines Needs of Youth in Justice System During Pandemic
  • Older Foster Youth Can Feel Unprepared to Navigate Mental Health Care, Study Finds
  • California Rolls Out Plan to Prevent Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care During Pandemic
  • With Senior Year in Disarray, Teens and Young Adults Feel Lost. Here’s How to Help.

Events and Opportunities

Upcoming Webinar: Addressing Racial Trauma in Youth of Color

Date/Time: May 15, 2020, 11am – 12pm PT / 2pm – 3pm ET

In this webinar, presenters will discuss the impact of racial stress and trauma (RST) on youth of color across developmental periods. The webinar will also introduce the Developmental and Ecological Model of Youth Racial Trauma (DEMYth-RT) Model, an approach to understanding how racial trauma impacts the child, family and community and identify clinical recommendations to assist youth of color in coping with RST.

Upcoming Webinar: Tribal Systems of Care: Intentional Resilience

Date/Time: May 18, 2020, 11am – 12:30pm PT / 2pm –3:30pm ET

Tribal SOC communities experience several types of trauma, ranging from historical to current issues. They can negatively impact professionals and volunteer helpers who work within the community, experiencing burnout when they don’t receive support to deal with secondary and workplace trauma. During this webinar, you will learn how to reduce the impact of trauma through intentional resilience and create a plan. Terry L. Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association, will review the different levels of trauma and examine the extent of trauma in their work using a culturally-based approach.

Upcoming Webinar: Clinical Innovations in Telehealth: Telehealth and Suicide Care

Date/Time: May 19, 2020, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

Current conditions demand finding ways to safely work with suicidal individuals using telehealth. This 1-hour webinar, co-hosted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, will provide pragmatic guidance for evaluating and managing suicide risk via telehealth. In particular, adaptations to do remote screening and risk assessment will be discussed as well as how to effectively conduct safety planning with people at risk. Resources to immediately implement these strategies will be shared. Certificates of completion are available.

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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