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NWI Newsletter

February 8, 2024

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Chart on Top Staff Turnover Challenges from NWI's Wraparound Turnover Survey

NWI Survey Results: Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

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NWI Resources and News

NWI Survey Results: Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

At the end of last year, we invited you to share your perspectives on turnover in Wraparound – the seriousness of the problem, possible causes, and solutions. The February blog describes and discusses findings.

February Webinar: Youth Factors Associated with Wraparound Fidelity and Satisfaction

In this webinar we will review some initial findings from a sample of approximately 9000 Wraparound Fidelity Index – Short Form (WFI-EZ) administrations. The findings we will present include associations between response rates and outcomes, how youth demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, age) are associated with fidelity and satisfaction, and how well demographics for WFI-EZ respondents reflect demographics of local populations of youth.

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:

  • New Research Article on Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults
  • Strong Social Networks Key for Young People’s Mental Health
  • Supporting Youth Mental Health With Arts-Based Strategies
  • Recognizing and Responding to Child Anxiety
  • A Trust Fund for Every Baby: What Is the Current Status of “Baby Bonds”?

Events and Opportunities

Opportunity: SAMHSA Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge Includes Cash Prizes

Deadline: February 26, 2024

In this Challenge, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, part of the federal government) is seeking the best ideas from U.S. youth, aged 14–18, on a community strategy to increase youth awareness, education, and prevention around the dangers of fentanyl, especially the hidden dangers of fake pills and other contaminants that can lead to drug overdose deaths. Total cash prized of $80,000 available!

Webinar Recording: Recognizing and Treating Problematic Fear and Anxiety in Children

This 45-minute webinar is an in-depth presentation on the differences between normal and problematic anxiety in children and adolescents. It describes the signs and symptoms of the most common anxiety disorders in childhood, how families can identify red flags, and ways to help manage a child’s anxiety.

Webinar: Understanding and Preventing Youth Suicide

Date/Time: February 13, 2024, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar aims to increase understanding of factors that contribute to youth suicide and racial disparities in suicide, explore factors within schools that contribute to mental health disparities among minoritized youth and identify resources and strategies to intervene with youth who are at risk for suicide.

Webinar: Do You See Me: Silence vs. Voicelessness

Date/Time: February 20, 2024, 1pm PT / 4pm ET

Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress, is the cumulative effects of racism on an individual’s mental and physical health. It is hard to recognize this level of trauma; therefore clients are mislabeled as "oppositional defiant," "difficult to engage," or "resistant." This webinar will explore how to create a safe and supportive clinical environment for members of marginalized communities seeking mental health services.

Webinar: The Growing Burden of Black Student Debt

Date/Time: February 21, 2024, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Student loan debt weighs heavily on many people in the United States, and Black borrowers—in particular Black women—often acquire more debt than their White peers. This webinar will explore why racial disparities in education debt burdens exist and are growing, the role of student loan debt in the racial wealth gap, and what policies and practices may help to turn the tide for Black borrowers.

Webinar: Cultural Humility and Responsiveness as a Mental Health Professional

Date/Time: February 22, 2024, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar will focus on learning how to demonstrate cultural humility and responsiveness in organizational culture, mental health practices and service provision. Participants will learn to acknowledge and improve awareness about decisions, actions, and policies that are shaped by their personal cultural perspective.

Online Workshop: Dying to Be Thin: What School Based Behavioral Health Professionals Need to Know About Eating Disorders

Date/Time: February 28, 2024, 11am PT / 2pm ET

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of eating disorders (ED), including eating disorder definitions, medical complications associated with ED, eating disorder statistics and prevalence, athletes and eating disorders, causes according to the biopsychosocial model, signs/symptoms/red flags that school workers need to be aware of, communicating with students and their families about a suspected ED, and an overview of treatment that works (Family Based Treatment). The workshop will also emphasize the schools’ involvement in ED treatment and crucial points to keep in mind when developing education plans for students in ED treatment.


"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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