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NWI Newsletter

September 14, 2021

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

WFI-EZ Benchmarks

WFI-EZ: Wraparound Fidelity Index Benchmarks

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NWI Resources and News

WFI-EZ: Wraparound Fidelity Index Benchmarks

Users of the Wraparound Fidelity Index-EZ will be pleased to learn that the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team at the University of Washington has released a brief report describing benchmarks that programs can use to interpret their WFI-WZ scores.


Gloria Cardona

Gloria Cardona

The NWI takes great pleasure in introducing you to Gloria Cardona, a Wraparound parent partner who inspires others with her creativity and persistence in meeting family needs.

News from the Field

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

  • Faith Communities and the Well-Being of LGBT Youth
  • Virtual Best Practices Guide
  • Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care
  • Preventing Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Involvement
  • “Ecological Grief” Impacts Children and Youth
  • Living Near Woodlands Is Good for Children’s Mental Health

Events and Opportunities

Webinar Recordings: Training Institutes LIVE!

Recorded webinars from this summer are now available. Topics range from implementing mobile response and stabilization to growing the parent peer support workforce.

Webinar: Familia Adelante and Schools: Multi-risk Reduction Behavioral Health Prevention for Latino Youth & Families

Date/Time: September 21, 2021, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This webinar will provide an introduction to Familia Adelante, an evidence-based practice implemented in school settings to address emotional and behavioral challenges.

Webinar: Compassionate Leadership: Preventing and Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Date/Time: October 6, 2021, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar will focus on how leaders in school mental health can lead students, families, schools, and communities through crises with a compassionate, equitable, and resilience-oriented approach.

Conference: National Federation of Families 2021 Virtual Conference

Date/Location: November 4 – 6, 2021 / Online

Register now for the Federation’s virtual conference: "The only national conference dedicated solely to supporting families whose children – of any age – experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime."

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)


"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."

Funding / support

The NWI would like to thank the individuals and organizations that make our work possible through collaboration and other forms of support.


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