The Mason-Thurston Wraparound Initiative (MTWI) provides services to support families with children who are at high risk for justice involvement due to complex problem behaviors and/or mental illness. School age children/youth through age 20 who are currently affected by mental illness or substance abuse and who have been juvenile justice involved or are at risk for justice system involvement are eligible for the service. MTWI formal supports are typically provided to families for a maximum duration of 12-18 months.
The Home and Community-Based Alternatives to Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) Medicaid Demonstration waiver program allowed up to 10 state grantees to compare effective ways of providing care for children enrolled in the state’s Medicaid grant program in the form of home- and community-based services (HCBS) vs. care in PRTFs. Most participating states use a team-based approach called Wraparound to provide mental health and medical services to youth with intensive mental health needs.
The Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team seeks to improve the lives of children and their families through research on the implementation and outcomes of the wraparound process. Through development, refinement, and dissemination of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System, our team aims to assist implementation of the wraparound process, evaluate effectiveness, identify the need for technical assistance and training, and promote communication within the service delivery and research and evaluation fields.
The Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) is a multi-method approach to assessing the quality of individualized care planning and management for children and youth with complex needs and their families. WFAS instruments include interviews with multiple stakeholders, a team observation measure, and an instrument to assess the level of system support for wraparound. The instruments that comprise the WFAS can be used individually or, to provide a more comprehensive assessment, in combination with one another.
The TA Network provides technical assistance to the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of SAMHSA'S Center for Mental Health Services and to grantees of the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) across the nation to support states and communities to expand and sustain their system of care for children, youth, young adults, and their families. The UW team provides technical assistance, evaluation, and quality assurance support to funded States and communities to implement evidence-based integrated care coordination programs for children with complex needs and their families.