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NWI Newsletter

April 21, 2021

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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New Findings on Wraparound's Effectiveness

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NWI Resources and News

New Findings on Wraparound's Effectiveness

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has just published a new study that formally summarizes the existing research on Wraparound’s costs and impact on child and youth outcomes. A new blog post from the NWI discusses the importance of the study’s findings that Wraparound consistently produces positive outcomes for youth and reduces the cost of care.

NWI Guidance for Family First Prevention Service Act Evaluation Plans for High Fidelity Wraparound

States that are interested in including Wraparound in their FFPSA five-year plan must also submit a well-designed and rigorous evaluation strategy, as well as a plan for continuous quality improvement (CQI) and fidelity monitoring. This new document from the NWI provides guidance on how to meet these criteria.


Sheamekah Williams

Sheamekah Williams

This month, the NWI takes great pleasure in introducing you to Sheamekah Williams, the leading visionary behind the exponential growth of Oklahoma’s Systems of Care.

Nominate a Wraparound Star for the Spotlight!

The NWI spotlight recognizes people who have made contributions to Wraparound at any level, from participation on a single Wraparound team to leading a state or national initiative. If you know of someone whose Wraparound story or journey merits recognition, we encourage you to nominate them.

News from the Field

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

  • Race-Blind Decision Making Could Reduce Disparities in the Child Welfare System
  • Virtual Treatment Has Been Successful for Youth and Young Adults During the Pandemic
  • Study Finds Psychiatric Disorders Persist 15 Years After Youth Are Detained
  • Promoting Effective Virtual and Phone Engagement With Children, Youth, Families and Caregivers
  • Train the Trainer Approach Appears Effective in a Community Mental Health Context

Events and Opportunities

Live Consultation: Trauma-Informed Practice with LGBTQ+ Clients

Date/Time: April 27, 2021, 11am PT / 2pm ET

April's Ask Our Experts, about trauma-informed practice with LGBTQ+ clients, will feature Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW and Dr. Shelley Craig, PhD, LCSW.

Virtual Conference: Non-Negotiable: Demanding Social and Racial Equity in Our Systems of Care

Date/Location: April 28 – April 29, 2021, Online

The California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth (CMHACY) conference is the longest-standing conference in the state of California focused upon the social, emotional and behavioral health of children, youth and their families. The annual conference has been one of the state’s most powerful events for those interested in advocating and promoting the policies, programs, and practices that enhance the well-being of vulnerable children, youth and families.

Webinar: Differentiating & Selecting Among Evidence-Based Programs to Find One That Fits

Date/Time: May 11, 2021, 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET

In this session, explore the step-by-step process for selecting appropriate evidence-based practices and programs to meet the needs and address gaps within a system of care. Consider 1) the priority of need, identified target areas and interest and support of the system; 2) matching possible evidence-based interventions with target areas and need; 3) assessing fit based on population characteristics, setting, cost, available capacities of system; complexity of the EBP; implementation requirements, and flexibility/adaptability of EBP for local context.

Webinar: Supporting Students Impacted by Racial Stress and Trauma

Date/Time: June 2, 2021, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar is sponsored by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and is part of the School Mental Health Virtual Learning Series.

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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