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. MTWI provides for a community-based family planning process called wraparound that has been found to reduce the rate of placement of children and youths in restrictive settings (e.g. therapeutic foster care, residential treatment center) due to improvements in behavior and functioning.
The UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team is conducting an outcomes and fidelity evaluation of MTWI, to include (1) pre-post assessment of outcomes; (2) evaluation of fidelity to the prescribed wraparound model; and (3) analysis and interpretation of fidelity and outcome data. The UW WERT also provides consultation and technical assistance to MTWI and the Thurston Mason RSN regarding wraparound implantation.