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NWI Newsletter

March 12, 2024

Greetings from the National Wraparound Initiative

Report: Addressing the Behavioral Health Crisis

Updates: NWI Initiative on Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

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NWI Resources and News

Updates: NWI Initiative on Turnover in the Wraparound Workforce

The NWI has begun an initiative to study turnover in the Wraparound Workforce. First steps in this work include a new review of research on turnover in the behavioral health workforce – including its causes and impacts, as well as organization- and system-level strategies to address it. Another first step was a survey that invited members of the Wraparound community to share their perspectives on that same topic. Our January blog post included a summary of findings from the survey.

April 16th Webinar: A Panel Discussion of Large-Scale Wraparound Evaluation Efforts

WrapStat has become a repository for Wraparound implementation and outcomes data for over 20 states and 100 Wraparound provider organizations. WrapStat supports use of the measures of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) and provides data to help state and local systems of care stay on track. This webinar is a panel discussion describing successful statewide evaluation efforts that use measures of the WAFAS to ensure quality and guide decision making.

New Webinar Recording: Youth Factors Associated with Wraparound Fidelity and Satisfaction

This webinar reviewed some initial findings from a sample of approximately 9000 Wraparound Fidelity Index – Short Form (WFI-EZ) administrations. The findings 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.

The WERT URL Survey Results Are In!

The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) at the University of Washington is redesigning its website, and invited members of the Wraparound community to provide input on what to use for a new web address. And the winner is……wrapresearch.org!

Honorable mentions: wrapnotcr.app and WrapRight. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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:

  • Residential Addiction Treatment for Adolescents Is Scarce and Expensive
  • Georgia Will Pay for Foster Care Rather Than Provide Housing Assistance
  • Supporting Positive Youth Development in Any Setting

Events and Opportunities

Webinar: Interrupting Intergenerational Poverty: New Research and Recommendations

Date/Time: March 20, 2024, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Experiencing poverty in childhood can hinder a person’s opportunities throughout their lifetime, and those of their children and grandchildren as well. A new report examines the causes of intergenerational poverty and its impact on families, communities, and the nation as a whole. This webinar will focus on policies and practices that can interrupt this cycle.

Webinar: Bullying Prevention in Elementary and Middle School

Date/Time: March 20, 2024, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Attendees will learn about school readiness for bullying prevention, what staff and students can do to create a safe school climate, and how school members and students can teach and reinforce prosocial behaviors.

Webinar: Myth-busting and Skill-building for Treating Binge Eating Disorder

Date/Time: March 28, 2024, 7am PT / 10am ET

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, affecting three times the number of adults diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined! Despite its prevalence, the experiences of clients with BED and how to address them are all too often misunderstood. This 90-minute webinar will help clinicians better understand BED and how to properly treat clients who struggle.

Webinar: Strengthening Clinical Supervision in Mental Health Care

Date/Time: March 29, 2024, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

This webinar will highlight key points from the “Supervising Clinical Mental Health Providers” guide, which is informed by both the research literature and experiences of community providers, behavioral health leaders, and systems partners.

Online Conference: FREDLA’s 2024 Parent Peer Support Institute

Dates/Times: April 16 – 18, 2024, 10am –1pm PT / 1pm – 4pm ET

Join FREDLA and national experts who offer strategies, tools, and examples of innovative programs, funding approaches and how parent peer support is delivered throughout child welfare, education, juvenile justice, healthcare and mental health service systems. You will learn about best practices and innovations from the field, tools and resources for application in work with families, effective supervision, program management, and strategies to support and sustain this vital and growing workforce.


"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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