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NWI Newsletter

June 16, 2022

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Family Members’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Wraparound

Family Members’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Wraparound

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NWI Resources and News

Family Members’ Perspectives on Telehealth for Wraparound

This report describes results from a survey that asked family members about their experiences using telehealth for Wraparound and related services. Overall, family members were quite positive about their experiences, but cautioned that children and youth might have difficulty engaging in Wraparound and therapy via telehealth. This report is a companion to the report on providers’ perspectives on telehealth, published earlier this year.

Innovations in Wraparound: Text-Based Outcomes Monitoring

University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (UW WERT) has partnered with 3C Institute on a recently awarded grant to develop and test a “mobile Routine Outcomes Monitoring” (mROM) system specific to Wraparound. The proposed SMART-Wrap (Short Message Assisted Responsive Treatment for Wraparound) product will use brief prompts sent by text that can be read and responded to in a matter of seconds.

Seeking Wraparound Success Stories for the NWI Spotlight!

Do you know a youth or family with a Wraparound success story? Or a family or youth peer support provider, or care coordinator that has made the difference for a Wraparound team? The NWI spotlight recognizes people who have contributed to positive outcomes from Wraparound. If you know of someone whose Wraparound story or journey merits recognition, we encourage you to nominate them. If selected for the Spotlight, NWI staff will interview them and their story will be featured on the website.

News from the Field

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

  • Best Practices in Child Welfare
  • Lack of Sleep Contributes to Mental Health Difficulties
  • Behavioral Health Impacts of Cash Transfers to Families of Children in Poverty
  • Helping Young People Face the Reality of Climate Change
  • The Expanded Role of Telehealth for Behavioral Health

Events and Opportunities

Online Course: Understanding Secondary Trauma for Professionals in Trauma-Exposed Workplaces

This course is for all child-serving professionals who are exposed to details of traumatic events and/or individuals suffering from post-traumatic distress in the context of their work. Through the content in this course you will learn the risks associated with working with individuals who are suffering with traumatic stress symptoms, strategies to reduce the impact of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and support wellness in staff, and finally, how addressing STS is an ethical mandate for organizations and individuals working in trauma-exposed environments.

Opportunity: Youth MOVE National Seeking New Executive Director

Johanna Bergan has announced her intention to transition out of the role of Executive Director of Youth MOVE National in 2022. The board and staff are grateful for Johanna’s strong leadership over the past 7 years and appreciate the time, effort, and heart she has given to accomplish so many goals at the helm of this youth MOVEment. Youth MOVE National asks for your help in identifying a new executive director.

Webinar: Tailoring Treatment for Gender and Sexually Diverse Latinx Youth with Suicidal Behaviors, Part I

Date/Time: June 22, 2022, 1pm PT / 4pm ET

This session will provide information about a culturally-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for Latinx youths with suicidal behaviors and diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. Evidence-based treatments for ethnic minorities and gender and sexually diverse youth, including Latinx youth with suicidal behaviors, is limited. This approach was developed to address the specific needs of Latinx youth and their families. It focuses on central issues in adolescent identity formation (e.g., ethnicity and sexual orientation) along with family interactions and communication..

Webinar: Providing Emotional/ Resilient Support for AI/AN Youth Through the Healing Power of Food

Date/Time: June 23, 2022, 8am PT / 11am ET

Join us as we share our cultural connection to food, apply a balanced way of eating, and incorporate Indigenous traditions into our lives with the healing power of food. We will reflect upon our cultural connections to food and discuss the importance of sugar stability in the body as related to mental health support. We will learn how to adapt a balanced way of eating and discuss the role of stress, sleep and exercise. Together, we will develop plans for improving access to our traditional foods.

Documentary: Ken Burns Documentary on Youth Mental Health

Date/Time: June 27 – 28, 2022, 6pm PT / 9pm ET

Follow the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm.

Webinar: Identifying Individuals and Communities at High Risk for Suicide

Date/Time: June 30, 2022, 8am PT / 11am ET

This workshop is part of a series exploring potential risks, unintended consequences, barriers, bias, and stigmas associated with leveraging AI/ML algorithms to identify individuals and populations at risk for suicide. Workshops will examine data science techniques and their effectiveness to assess suicide risk, and discuss opportunities for action.

Webinar: Care Coordination: A Key Component of the Service Array for Youth & Families

Date/Time: July 13, 2022, 11am PT / 2pm ET

The meeting examines aspects of care coordination including service coordination, care management, integrated care, and specific models such as Wraparound and FOCUS and how these are applied to different populations. Care coordination involves working with a small number of youth and caregivers with complex needs often spanning multiple social determinants of health, possible multi-system involvement, and potentially at risk of out- of-home care. Effective care coordination addresses both poor outcomes and high costs for families who have unmet basic needs and supports families who may not know how to access services or feel the systems aren’t working for them.

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)


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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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