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January 19, 2021

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Webinar TOMORROW: How Do Program and System Factors Influence Wraparound?

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NWI Resources and News

January Webinar TOMORROW: “How Do Program and System Factors Influence Wraparound Implementation, Fidelity, and Sustainment?”

Date/Time: January 20, 2021, 11am PT / 2pm ET

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.

Wraparound to Be Reviewed by the Prevention Services Clearinghouse

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

On January 5, The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, established as part of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), announced that Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) Using High Fidelity Wraparound has been accepted for systematic review. A new NWI blog post describes what the outcome of review will mean for states seeking Title IV-E reimbursement for Wraparound as a prevention service.

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.

Latest Wraparound Research Updated

An evaluation of a statewide Wraparound demonstration project used linked public systems data and longitudinal panel data modeling to estimate Wraparound treatment effects on service use over time. The study found that Wraparound enrollment decreased the use of residential treatment and increased the use of outpatient therapy, consistent with the goals of the demonstration.

News from the Field

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

  • "Woebot" Chatbot Helps Reduce Anxiety and Depression
  • Study: Aggressive Video Games Are Not a Risk Factor for Mental Health Problems
  • Sequel Youth Facilities Raked in Millions While Accused of Abusing Children
  • COVID-19 Threatens Safety Net for Foster Youth "Aging Out"
  • Coping With Holidays While Aging Out of Foster Care

Events and Opportunities

Virtual Training Institutes Live!

On the first Thursday of every month, the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland will present a selection of workshops focused on integrating services and improving outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and their families. These workshops emphasize practical strategies that you can apply in your states, communities, tribes, and territories. Join us to discuss and share the latest policies, practices, resources, and research. Connect with experts and leaders from youth-serving systems across the nation.

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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