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Now Available from The TA Network and National Wraparound Initiative: Wraparound Evaluation and Quality Improvement Assistance

The Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (The TA Network) and the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) are making tailored technical assistance (TA) on Wraparound available to current SAMHSA-funded System of Care Grantees, in addition to the wide range of resources available through NWI and the University of Washington Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT).

The TA Network, NWI and WERT are offering an opportunity for grantees to receive individualized, focused, hands-on technical assistance to increase programs’ evaluation and quality improvement capacity related to Wraparound implementation. Regardless of your current level of implementation and expertise—whether you are just thinking about implementing evaluation and do not know where to start, or you have been monitoring and evaluating your program for years—WERT, NWI, and The TA Network are here to help! To ensure adequate support to funded states and communities, a limited number of Wraparound initiatives in system of care grantee sites will be engaged each year.

Examples of technical assistance in Round 1 include:

  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Implementing fidelity monitoring tools
  • Collecting and analyzing outcomes data
  • Using findings for decision-making
  • Determining next steps to address areas for improvement
  • In order to assess your program’s level of readiness and determine the most appropriate type and level of assistance, please submit a formal request for technical assistance by going online. Requests must be submitted by April 1, 2014 in order to be considered for this first round of assistance. Grantees will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date to discuss next steps.

    The following information will be requested through the online form:

    1. A description of your project and the program, community, or state (“site”) that the TA will impact
    2. History and current capacity of Wraparound in your site
    3. Current status of fidelity and outcomes measurement in your site and for Wraparound in particular (familiarity with the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System, etc.)
    4. Description of the goals for your evaluation and quality improvement efforts
    5. Description of what kind of information you hope to gain from increased evaluation and quality improvement efforts and what decisions it will help you make
    6. Description of the goals for technical assistance to be received
    7. Resources your site can dedicate to accomplishing your goals (data collection, coordinated and local oversight, access to administrative data, etc.)
    8. Level of commitment from site leadership around evaluation and QI efforts and use of results
    9. Primary point of contact for the TA request and contact information

    For more detailed information on the TA process, please CLICK HERE. Don’t forget! Requests for technical assistance under Round 1 are due by APRIL1, 2014. Please note that the current solicitation for TA requests is specific to evaluation and quality improvement support related to the use of Wraparound. If you are a SAMHSA System of Care Grantee and would like technical assistance on something other than evaluation and quality improvement (e.g., implementation, financing, cultural competence) please contact the Technical Assistance Support Coordinator assigned to your site or e-mail soctanetwork@ssw.umaryland.edu.