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NWI Newsletter

April 11, 2024

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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New Blog and April 16th Webinar on State-Level Wraparound Evaluation

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NWI Resources and News

New Blog and April 16th Webinar Highlight Successful State-Level Strategies for Evaluating Wraparound

Every system of care is unique, and each one’s approach to evaluating Wraparound is unique as well. Although the NWI and its partners encourage use of certain tools to stay on track – such as the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) – states, communities, and provider organizations all invest in different methods to collect and use data. The latest NWI blog explores this topic, and points readers toward the April 16th webinar to learn in detail how four states are using the WFAS tools to support Wraparound, guide decision making and ensure quality.

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New Family Guide to Wraparound

We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new revised and updated version of the Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families. The Guide provides families with information about what to expect from Wraparound and how the process will unfold. It also provides information about key Wraparound terms and roles. The Guide is available online now. A Spanish version will be available in the next few weeks, and print versions of both will be available to order from the NWI soon.

Spotlight: Winter 2024

Shammica Jones

Spotlight on Shammica Jones

Shammica Jones has built her career using Wraparound values as a foundation. Read this first NWI Spotlight of 2024.

News from the Field

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

  • Family Money Problems Impact Teen Mental Health
  • Giving Children a Voice in the Courtroom
  • Teen Behavior, Explained by a Neuroscientist
  • Foster Care Disparities for Youth with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities
  • Study Examines Rates of Mental Health Issues Among Children in Child Welfare Custody

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Does the Evidence Say and What Can We Do?

Date/Time: April 22, 2024, 10am PT / 1pm ET

This presentation will define and describe adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and review the substantial empirical evidence on their mental and physical health effects. Multiple ways of understanding and assessing for ACEs will be discussed, as will how to identify and address them in clinical practice.

Webinar: Youth Cannabis Use: Harm Reduction Strategies

Date/Time: April 26, 2024, 8:30am PT / 11:30pm ET

During this webinar, the presenters will describe the role of potency in cannabis products, review risks associated with youth cannabis use, and discuss strategies to mitigate potential harms through a harm reduction approach.

Opportunity: National Federation of Families Accepting Proposals for 2024

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024

The National Federation focuses on supporting families whose children are experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges. The conference welcomes proposals from professionals, family members, and youth who support the well-being of our children – of all ages – and promote family voice.

Webinar: Supporting Youth Who Encounter Racial Stress and Trauma

Date/Time: May 2, 2024, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Research has indicated that youth may experience racism, prejudice, and bias as early as preschool. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences of working with youth and learn strategies to help them navigate a culturally complex world. Participants will walk away with strategies to discuss these important issues with youth and learn how to support students as they encounter racism and racial trauma.

Online Training: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date/Time: May 8, 2024, 6:30am –11:30am PT / 9:30am – 2:30pm ET

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance use disorders (SUDs) in young people. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to a young person who may be developing a mental health or substance use issue and help connect them to the appropriate care. Attendees complete pre-work and an online Zoom class.


"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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