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NWI Newsletter

March 18, 2021

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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

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NWI Resources and News

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.

New Webinar Recording and Slides Available: “WrapStat: A New System for Collecting and Using Wraparound Fidelity, Satisfaction, and Outcomes Data”

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 covered all the basics.

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.


Jonathan Olson

Jonathan Olson has been a valued member of the NWI since 2018 when he joined the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at UW. Learn about his research career, which has focused on studying the effectiveness of behavioral health interventions and mental health outcomes for youth and young adults.

News from the Field

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

  • Racial Disparities in Youth Incarceration Persist
  • Insurance Claims Data Shows “Seismic” Shift Towards Telehealth
  • Outdoor Activities Improve Well-being

Events and Opportunities

States Can Apply to Participate in Making Health Improvements for Students

Application Deadline: April 5, 2021

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) and the School-Based Health Alliance (the Alliance) invite states to apply to participate in a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) focused on making measurable improvements in the health and mental health of students during the 2021–22 school year.

The Training Institutes Live!

Date/Time: First Thursday of every month, 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET

This series continues in April with topics including: Making Change Stick: Implementing Bolder Policies to Enhance the Lives of Young Adults; Using Data for Equity: Creating Capacity for Data-Driven Decision Making; and From Evidence to Impact: Implementing Effective Mental Health Services.

Eight-Part Training Series from MHTTC

Date/Time: April 13, 2021, 10am PT / 1pm ET

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Network is hosting an 8-part training series using the National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, and Schools. April’s webinar is entitled “Mental Health Promotion for All (Tier 1).”

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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