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NWI Newsletter

May 17, 2022

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Innovations in Wraparound: Text-Based Outcomes Monitoring

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NWI Resources and News

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.

Webinar Recording: WrapStat Turns One: An Overview and Update on the New Online Wraparound Evaluation System

WrapStat, the online software package that supports collection of Wraparound fidelity, satisfaction, and outcomes data and use of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System, has now been online for nearly a year. In this recorded webinar, presenters provided an overview of WrapStat, lessons learned from its first year of use, plans for the future, and answers to FAQs.

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.


Caitlin Carlini

New Spotlight Features Youth Partner from Oregon, Caitlin Carlini

Caitlin Carlini has spent almost six years working as a Wraparound youth partner with YouthERA in Lane County, Oregon. Caitlin says that when youth "…realize that the team is actually working toward their goals – and not just trying to tell them what to do – then often you will see them really begin to blossom…. It’s pretty special to be a part of that young person’s journey."

News from the Field

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

  • New Research on Peer Support in Wraparound
  • Girls and Young Women More Likely to Drink Alcohol
  • Parenting an Introverted Child
  • Climate Anxiety Is Impacting America’s Youth
  • The Rise of Suicide Among Youth and Young Adults
  • Utilizing Black Families’ Cultural Assets

Events and Opportunities

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: Someone to Respond

Date/Time: May 18, 2022, 11am PT / 2pm ET

This meeting provides an in-depth discussion of how an MRSS team interrupts crises – as defined by the parent/caregiver – and prevents further deterioration of clinical functioning by providing mobile response and initial stabilization services. The meeting will also explore ways in which MRSS teams work with children and their families to resolve the crisis, identify potential triggers of future crises, develop and implement strategies to effectively de-escalate future crises, and avert and divert from more restrictive levels of care.

Webinar: Safety Planning for LGBTQ+ Students

Date/Time: May 18, 2022, 9am PT / 12pm ET

This session, hosted in collaboration with the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity, will provide information on safety planning with LGBTQ+ youth. Safety planning is a protective measure that can be implemented with youth in situations that may lead to distress and crisis – from disclosing their identities to engaging in gender-segregated activities.

Webinar: Black Youth Suicide Prevention

Date/Time: May 19, 2022, 9am PT / 12pm ET

Over the last three decades, there has been a steady and continuous rise in Black youth suicides. Despite these increases, there has been a shortage of research regarding the cause. This webinar will explore the increasing surge and discuss possible contributing factors related to this public health emergency.

Webinar: How to Talk to Youth about Race and Racial Trauma

Date/Time: May 25, 2022, 10pm PT / 1pm ET

Research has indicated that youth experience racism, prejudice, and bias as early as preschool. For many, their interpersonal experiences of racism, prejudice and bias can be quite disorienting, and can influence functioning, particularly for youth who have experienced other traumas. In this webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and feelings related to recent and past events and learn strategies for navigating discussions specific to race, experiences of discrimination, and racial trauma with youth.

Webinar: Supervising Peer Specialists

Date/Time: June 7, 2022, 10pm PT / 1pm ET

Many peer specialists are supervised by clinicians who do not identify as having the lived experience of recovery. In this 90-minute webinar, Pat Deegan will describe best practices for supervisors of peer specialists and introduce tools to help peer specialists and supervisors remain on track in their work together. There will be time for discussion. The webinar will be of interest to supervisors and peer specialists, but all are welcome.

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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