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  • 19 May 2014 4:16 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)
    (This editorial was written by NWI Members Michele Stewart-Copes and Lisa Conlan Lewis.)

    Dear fellow NWI Members,

    Our combined experience as consultants has led us to believe that a dual certification process for family support partners (FSPs) and Wraparound facilitators will ultimately improve practice fidelity to the Wraparound model.  By dual certification we mean certifying Wraparound facilitators and FSPs through a shared training experience.  When Wraparound facilitators and FSPs train together, they better understand their roles in Wraparound and how these roles relate to one another.  This process also helps Wraparound facilitators to understand the value FSPs have in engaging families in Wraparound.

    We have noticed that when Wraparound facilitators work closely with FSPs, the facilitators concentrate more on understanding the function of behavior, implementing functional assessments, and recruiting and utilizing community natural supports and resources. Better alignment in the efforts of both FSPs and Wraparound facilitators ultimately leads to higher Wraparound fidelity and more successful transition to the community.

    We invite your comments and questions to this short editorial about dual certification.  We would also be happy to share our system of care experiences with you.

    About the authors:

    - Michele Stewart-Copes: Michele Stewart-Copes is CEO of SEET Consultants, LLC, and a national trainer and consultant in systems change, community integration, staff development and system of care coaching. She has developed and managed the nation's first and highly successful Wraparound effort within an inner city area. She has also provided Wraparound training in 20 states and Canada.

    - Lisa Conlan Lewis:  Lisa Conlan Lewis owns and consults with LCL Social Enterprise. She helps programs deliver effective family support services and Wraparound program models focused on families of children with complex needs. Lisa is recognized as national, state, and community leader with over 20 years of expertise. She has first-hand experience of Wraparound as a parent/caregiver of a child with serious emotional and behavioral health needs.


  • 25 Apr 2014 7:05 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)
    Register for the Georgetown Institutes and plan to arrive by July 16th for the NWI Open Meeting and 10th Anniversary Celebration from 2 - 5PM. All are welcome to the NWI open meeting.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about upcoming projects, the new National Wraparound Implementation Center as well as connect directly with NWI staff and membership.
  • 31 Mar 2014 3:05 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)
    The NWI, the Building Bridges Initiative and the National Wraparound Implementation Center are asking for your input in creating a guide for wraparound interventions that include residential programs and system of care communities. Please see this letter for more information.
  • 26 Mar 2014 3:32 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Thanks to all those who participated in our “Creating a Collaborative Learning Community for WFAS Users” session at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. For those who haven’t heard, WERT is building a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) for users of the WFAS tools. The purpose of the CLC is to help WFAS users in sites across the country and internationally share tacit knowledge around their Wraparound evaluation processes, track and report on whether or not data collection techniques have worked, examine strategies that may be effective, and act as a support network for the 60+ collaborating sites each year.

    If you are interested in joining, please sign up to receive updates HERE .

  • 12 Mar 2014 11:43 AM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Current SAMHSA-funded System of Care Grantees are eligible to receive individualized, focused, hands hands-on technical assistance to increase evaluation and quality improvement capacity related to Wraparound implementation. Interested grantees must submit a request for TA by April 1, 2014.  For more information, please click here.

  • 03 Mar 2014 1:30 PM | John Ossowski (Administrator)

    Position Title: Young Adult Peer Support & Participation Assistant (Laboratory Technician I)

    Position Summary: The person in this position will assist in carrying out a project that is developing and testing approaches for building the workforce of young adults who can provide effective peer support to other young people with serious mental health conditions and related needs.

    To Apply:  All applications must be submitted through the HR website www.pdx.edu/hr/employment-opportunities-at-psu click on the "apply here" button > Search Jobs >keywords: Laboratory Technician.
  • 15 Jul 2013 3:41 PM | Nicole Aue (Administrator)

    From the letter:

    "Achieving well-being among children and youth who have experienced complex trauma requires tools and practices to identify service needs, an array of effective interventions to meet those needs, and periodic data on outcomes to track whether interventions are effective in helping young people.... Essential components of this approach include functional assessment, trauma screening, mental-health assessment, evidence-based practices and individual outcome measurement."

    The report goes on to recommend wraparound as a way of providing a coordinated, multicomponent response:

    "The System of Care approach builds meaningful partnerships between families and youth who have or are at risk of serious mental health conditions and community-based providers and supports. Developing an individualized treatment plan and a 'wraparound approach,' the SOC uses evidence-based practices to help children, youth, and families function better at home, in school, and in the community."

  • 04 Jun 2013 1:57 PM | Nicole Aue (Administrator)
    A newspaper article touts the success of wraparound programs in Orange and Seminole Counties in Florida.
  • 04 Feb 2013 2:24 PM | Nicole Aue (Administrator)
    High-Fidelity Wraparound, which has served the Calgary region for about 6 years, has launched a new website.
  • 05 Oct 2012 5:59 PM | Nicole Aue (Administrator)
    The influential Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) has included "Full Fidelity Wraparound" as a "research-based practice" in its new inventory of child EBPs. In Washington, this means units of wraparound that are delivered will "count" as EBPs as state agencies seek to comply with new legislation (SB2536) around use of EBPs. Nationally, this is an inventory that was developed by a highly respected authority on evidence based programming. It should provide backup for those who need to show evidence that the research base on wraparound is adequately rigorous and positive to support policy decisions around its deployment.
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