When efforts with individual and family counseling haven't been enough to safely address more complex and severe problems, parents may request a more intensive treatment called Wraparound. This program is based on the following principles:
- Family Voice and Choice
- Family and Natural Supports
- Collaboration and Integration
- Culturally Competent
- Outcome-based and Cost-Responsible
Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to support youth and their families accomplish the goals needed in order to reach their vision. Wraparound is a trauma-informed practice that begins with getting to know the youth and family to learn about their strengths, needs, and culture. A team is identified by the family for support and assistance. This team will include a Care Coordinator and possibly a Family and/or Youth Partner, and may include other family members, friends, neighbors, school staff, therapists, church members, DHS case workers, P.O.s, coaches or others. The team will develop one Care Coordination Plan and a Safety Crisis Plan. They will also look at additional supports and professional services as necessary.
These services may be available when clinical criteria is met and could include services such as active case management and skills training in the home or school. When a child's high-risk behavior cannot be stabilized, brief psychiatric day treatment, brief psychiatric residential or acute hospitalization may be considered. Each service is carefully considered by the team and offered only with the permission of the parents and when clinically necessary.
The Wraparound team continues until they reach their team mission, which may range from several months to a year or more. The Child and Family Team work to support the youth and family goals and eventually continue on its own to support the family without professionals.
"I like having my team around because they are here when I need them most. They help me find my own ideas to solve problems of mine and my family. They are dependable and I can trust them." - Youth Participant
"The Wrap Team process was so helpful it was like a weight was lifted. If it wasn't for her Wraparound Team, I can most certainly say she wouldn't be where she is now. She has almost one year clean and sober. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate them and everything they do to support my family in building our vision." - Caregiver