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NWI Newsletter

January 11, 2024

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

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NWI Resources and News

Help Pick WERT’s New Web Address

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at the University of Washington is redesigning its website. We invite you to use this ultra-brief survey to provide your input on what to use for a new web address. You can select from the list or make your own suggestion. Fun, unique and/or creative ideas will be (anonymously) shared with the NWI community! The survey will be open through the end of January.

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.

Latest Wraparound Research

We’ve just updated the NWI’s compilation of new Wraparound-related research. Check out the abstracts and, in some cases, full-text articles describing the latest findings.

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:

  • Intervention Shows Success in Reducing Disparities in Suspension Rates
  • Wellness Best Practices for Parent Peer Support Partners
  • Toolkit Highlights Using Wraparound to Address Disparities in Child Welfare
  • Youth Leadership in Addressing the Mental Health Crisis

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: Overcoming Stigma: Actions to Improve Adolescent Mental Health

Date/Time: January 16, 2024, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

Participants in this webinar will learn how to identify stigma around mental health and how stigma operates as a barrier to early intervention among youth seeking mental health services. Participants will also discuss causes and solutions to mental health stigma among adolescents.

Webinar: Youth Anxiety, Stress, and Worry: What Is Typical?

Date/Time: January 30, 2024, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders among youth, and is often associated with other mental health concerns like depression and suicide. There are modular youth treatments that build youth skills to address these concerns. This training will provide resources to mental health and school professionals on identifying anxiety in youth and understanding different symptoms as they relate to typical developmental trajectory. The training will also provide strategies to address worry in youth, especially youth of color, with free resources to help in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders. An important emphasis will focus on culturally adaptive anxiety and how to best meet youth needs.

Webinar: Fathers Supporting Fathers

Date/Time: February 7, 2024, 10am PT / 1pm ET

Organizations that seek to strengthen families and promote child well-being offer a variety of programming and resources to support parents. In this webinar, we will focus on father-to-father programs and peer support groups as an important way for organizations to create space for fathers to ask questions, share concerns, and find the support they need.


"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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