Winter 2014, Vol 1., Issue 2

Winter 2014 Vol. 1, Issue 2 
In this Issue
News from the Network
Check Out NWIC
The National Wraparound Implementation Center 
ensures sites have access to comprehensive support for implementing model-adherent, high quality Wraparound for children and youth with behavioral health needs and their families.

The National Wraparound Implementation Academy, focused on implementation of high quality, research-based Wraparound care coordination, will be held July 14-15, at Portland State University, Portland, OR. Featured will be tracks for program administrators and policymakers, supervisors of parent-peer support partners, supervisors of Wraparound facilitators, implementers of youth peer support, and research and evaluation staff. For more information, click here. To register, please visit
System of Care Grantee Small Meetings

The TA Network will be hosting a series of small meetings for SOC grantees focused on specific content areas.  More information about those meetings will be coming soon!

Parent Support Providers Professional Association

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, has provided support to the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) to establish a professional association of Parent Support Providers (PSP). As part of the TA Network, FFCMH also will manage the PSP Certification Initiative, as well as provide technical assistance on the national PSP certification process. For more information, visit


Data Collection Project Supports Family Organizations

The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) initiated the National Data Collection project to establish standardized data collection elements and to build a body of evidence for the services and supports family-run organizations provide. A group of researchers, policy makers and family leaders have provided expertise and guidance to the project.


Family organizations are asked to complete this brief survey about their organization and the services provided. Participation in this survey will help to strengthen the voices of family-run organizations and build a case for support. To complete the survey, click here.


Get Involved!
Wraparound profiles
by state, community

Intensive Care Coordination Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs: State and Community Profiles, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies, with funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, profiles states and counties that have implemented intensive care coordination using high-quality Wraparound for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs. It outlines key features for established programs with demonstrated cost and quality outcomes, as well as for programs in the early stages of development. 

Comprehensive Analysis of Colorado's SOC

Youth With Behavioral Health Needs in Colorado: Cross System Utilization Patterns

represents the first attempt to comprehensively document service utilization across child-serving systems in the state. This comprehensive system analysis provides information regarding the factors that impact youth outcomes to possibly lead to more effective intervention and coordination of services between systems.


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Update from the Network
Tools to Address Challenges With Wraparound Implementation

We are pleased to share with you the second edition of The TA Telescope! As you will read, this issue focuses on critical topics related to successful Wraparound implementation.  According to the National Wraparound Initiative, 49 states/territories in the United States report using a Wraparound approach either statewide or in local jurisdictions or organizations.  With the increasing growth and documented success of Wraparound for young people with behavioral health challenges and their families, there also has been a surge of commitment on the federal level, as evidenced by the release of the Joint CMCS and SAMHSA bulletin titled, Coverage of Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Significant Mental Health Conditions.


[Read more] 


Effective Implementation
Wraparound Worth Doing, 
and Worth Doing Well 
Over 20 years, findings from controlled, peer-reviewed research articles have consistently found
Wraparound to be associated with positive residential, functioning, and cost


By Eric J. Bruns, National Wraparound Initiative; University of Washington


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Return on Investment
A Look at Wraparound's ROI
Information on Wraparound's "return on investment" (ROI) is critical for informing policy and resource decisions. This article offers a look at how various states and communities around the country were served by Wraparound involvement.

By Beth Stroul, Management & Training Innovations
Spotlight on Innovation
Care Management Approach in NJ
In Burlington County, NJ, two state-contracted, private nonprofit agencies are partnering through a unique collaborative model to help youth and families address behavioral health issues and create long-term plans for recovery.

By Taylor Hendricks, Center for Health Care Strategies

Funding Strategies
Taking Wraparound to Scale: Beyond Grant Funding


Through provisions in the Affordable Care Act that facilitate the implementation of home- and community-based services and the alignment of federal priorities around behavioral health care for children and youth, states now have several opportunities to consider for taking Wraparound to scale outside of a grant mechanism.

By Dayana Simons, Center for Health Care Strategies

Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Cultural Adaptations

Given Wraparound's individualized approach, cultural competence is a strength, but also presents ongoing challenges.


By Katherine Lazear, University of South Florida 


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Parent Peer Support Partners
Taking Support
to the Next Level

The role of the Parent Peer Support Partner in Wraparound is that of a traditional Parent Support Partner taken to the next level.  The Wraparound Parent Peer Support Partner supports the parent as well as the Wraparound process, requiring them to be knowledgeable on both peer support skills and Wraparound implementation.    


By Joe Anne Hust, National Wraparound Implementation Center

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Youth Engagement
Best Practices Ensure Meaningful Youth Engagement

Just as a leadership succession plan is critical to the future of any organization, having the next generation of youth leaders in place to move up the chain from youth advocates to advocates for youth is vital to maintaining youth voice and to fulfilling the system of care mission.  


By Janet Walker, Pathways RTC, Portland State University


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Social Marketing
Telling the Wraparound Story Successfully 
How to make sure your community knows about your Wraparound success story. 

By Helen Mitternight, Vanguard Communications


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Using infographics to present your message

As state legislative sessions approach, many find themselves searching for simple ways to make an impact. Infographics are an effective way to make your message clear and accessible to a broad audience. Various tools exist that can help you create your own infographic and present your information in a visually appealing way. Infogram, Visme, Canva, and Piktochart are some of the programs for beginners; click on each to learn more. 


Congratulations, Graduating Grantees!

While we are excited and eager to get to work with our new grantees, we would be remiss to not give a proper farewell and extend our congratulations to the grantees who graduated at the end of FY 2014. These grantees have spent countless hours working to improve child, youth, and family-serving systems so that young people and their families have better experiences and outcomes. We hope that they will stay in touch with the TA Network and continue to serve as peer examples for current and future grantees. 



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