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NWI Newsletter

February 11, 2021

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Webinar: WrapStat – A New System for Collecting and Using Wraparound Data

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NWI Resources and News

WrapStat Is Here! February Webinar Presents “A New System for Collecting and Using Wraparound Fidelity, Satisfaction, and Outcomes Data”

Date/Time: February 17, 2021, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Users of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) now have a new online system to aid in their Wraparound evaluation efforts. WrapStat will provide a more powerful method for users of the Wraparound Fidelity Index (WFI-EZ), Team Observation Measure (TOM), and Document Assessment and Review Tool (DART) to collect, manage, and report on Wraparound implementation, fidelity, satisfaction, and outcomes. This webinar will cover all the basics.

Wraparound Blog: Recommitting to Wraparound Principles in Alaska

A series of recent articles in the Alaska News provides a sobering update to the story of a program that was one of the first to show success from the use of a Wraparound-type approach. In the 1980s, the Alaska Youth Initiative was able to bring home virtually all their youth who had been placed out of state due to behavioral health needs. The state’s experience since that time provides evidence that ongoing work is required in order to maintain success.

New Webinar Recording: "How Do Program and System Factors Influence Wraparound Implementation, Fidelity, and Sustainment?”

Wraparound care coordination has been shown to be capable of promoting more positive outcomes for youth and families with complex needs. However, practitioners, technical assistance providers, program and system leaders, and youth and family advocates have all observed how the complexity of children’s service systems can make it challenging to provide high quality and effective Wraparound. This webinar presents new research that aims to answer several critical questions about what drives Wraparound implementation success.

News from the Field

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

  • Expansion of Tele-mental Health Improves Access
  • New SAMHSA Guide on Interventions to Prevent Youth Suicide
  • Increasing Fathers’ Engagement in Services for Their Children and Families
  • Diversion More Effective Than Detention for Youth in Juvenile Justice

Events and Opportunities

SMH Curriculum "Always and Now" Learning Series Module 2: Teaming

Date/Time: February 23, 2021, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This virtual training from the National Center for School Mental Health will explore the definition and value of school mental health teams, as well as quality indicators and best practices to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

JEAP Initiative Seeking Young Adults in Recovery for Community Board

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Young adults in recovery are invited to use their lived experience by joining a virtual community board focused on advising research focused on improving services and support for people experiencing substance misuse issues

Webinar: AFFIRM Youth: Overview, Evidence, and Steps for Becoming a Site

Date/Time: February 18, 2021, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This webinar from the Center for Excellence for LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity is aimed at practitioners interested in building knowledge and skills related to providing evidence-based affirmative interventions to diverse LGBTQ+ youth.

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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