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NWI Newsletter

April 25, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Promoting Wellness, Wellbeing, and Fun

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NWI Resources and News

Promoting Wellness, Wellbeing, and Fun

A new research review highlights findings from the vast research base documenting positive impacts on mental health when young people – specifically including young people diagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions – participate in activities that promote wellness, wellbeing and fun. The latest NWI blog challenges Wraparound teams to expand their efforts to help young people and families engage in activities they enjoy.

Everything is Normal Until Proven Otherwise – 2nd Edition!

This is a new and updated edition of the classic book about Wraparound and unconditional care by Ira Lourie and Karl Dennis. Available for pre-order now.

Wraparound and FFPSA… One Year Later

Over a year ago, Wraparound was added to the inventory of research supported programs by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. This made Wraparound eligible for Title IV-E reimbursement under the Family First Prevention Service Act (FFPSA). Since then, states and Wraparound provider organizations have continued to request help on how to include Wraparound on a state’s FFPSA plan.

News from the Field

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

  • Predict, Prevent, Plan: A New Tool from John VanDenBerg
  • Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+
  • Evidence for Social and Emotional Learning in Schools
  • What’s Behind Steep Rises in Autism Rates?
  • Continuous Quality Improvement for Mobile Response and Stabilization Services
  • Proposed Rules Support Kinship Care in Foster Care

Events and Opportunities

Opportunity: Research Participation

Young adults (18–30 years old) who experience serious mental health conditions are invited to participate in a remote intervention designed to increase community participation. Stipends are provided for completing surveys about the experience.

Recorded Webinar: Engaging Fathers in Child and Family Services

Father-inclusive practice requires recognition of the diversity of fathers and families. This webinar focuses on strategies to effectively serve Black fathers and Latino fathers in father-specific services and alongside mothers in services for children and families.

Webinar: What Works for Youth Exiting Foster Care

Date/Time: May 3, 2023, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Four panelists will share their research on policies and other supports that have been proven to have positive impacts on foster youths' transition to independent adulthood, and where there are opportunities for more effective initiatives.

Webinar: What Does Lived Experience Really Mean and Why Is it Important?

Date/Time: May 18, 2023, 10am PT / 1pm ET

In this webinar, Pat Deegan will explore the origins of "lived-experience" in philosophy and its migration into behavioral health. She will argue that lived experience introduces a new way of knowing that can complement, and at times disrupt, the clinical world view.

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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