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NWI Newsletter

March 14, 2023

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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Wraparound and FFPSA… One Year Later

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NWI Resources and News

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.

Webinar Recording: SMART-Wrap Update

The WERT research team at the University of Washington is developing a mechanism for using ultra-brief text-based surveys to gather data on fidelity, satisfaction and outcomes from youth and caregivers in Wraparound. This system, called SMART-Wrap, will provide a low-burden, reliable approach for obtaining feedback from caregivers and youth enrolled in Wraparound. Data will be available to care coordinators, supervisors and managers, and can be used in monitoring fidelity, satisfaction, and outcomes. This webinar reported on initial testing and usability findings.

Spotlight: Winter 2023

Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser

Spotlight on Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser

The NWI’s winter Spotlight features the exceptional Wraparound partnership between Jenniffer Friskney and Tracy Musser, who often work together on child and family teams in northeast Indiana. Testimonials from colleagues and families highlight their strengths, individually and together.

The NWI spotlight features the stories of people like Tracy and Jenn, bringing good news to the Wraparound community. Nominate your Wraparound stars here!

News from the Field

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

  • Social Media Use May Change Adolescents’ Brains
  • Engagement in Enjoyable Activities Promotes Mental Health
  • Can Digital Tools Alleviate Youth Mental Health Crisis?
  • Tablet-Based Screening Doubles Detection of Youth Psychosis

Events and Opportunities

Opportunity: Young Adult Advisory Board

Researchers are seeking new members for an advisory board focusing on research on young adult recovery services. Board members are between 18 and 25, and in recovery from substance use.

Online Course: Promoting Young People’s Success in School and Work

This free course provides key information and resources related to the importance of engaging young people in work and school endeavors, strategies for doing this important work, and an inside look into programs that do this work successfully.

Online Training: Motivational Interviewing and Affirmation Skills

Date/Time: April 5, 2023, 2pm PT / 5pm ET

In this session, we will discuss how building strengths and affirmations helps promote self-efficacy and confidence that can fuel the change process. This session will focus on using affirmation with young people.

2023 Virtual System of Care Summit

Date: May 10 – May 11, 2023

The National Center for Training and Technical Assistance on Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health is pleased to announce a no-cost System of Care Summit (SOC Summit) on May 10 and 11, 2023. The SOC Summit is an opportunity for all children’s mental health partners to reunite, renew, and re-energize their efforts to support children and young people with behavioral health needs, as well as their families.

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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