WHAT IS WRAPAROUND?
Wraparound is a philosophy of care used to build support networks for young adults and their families. Traditional support models and systems of care typically place “experts” at the helm of youth/young adult services, but the Wraparound method ensures that the young adult’s voice is the driving force of their support plan.
The Wraparound planning process is based on the collaborative work of the young adult, their family members, their natural supports and local service providers to create a personal and family plan focused on community-based solutions.
Engagement & Team Preparation
The groundwork for trust and shared vision among the family and Wraparound team members is established so that participants feel prepared to come to meetings and collaborate.
Initial Plan Development
Trust and mutual respect are built while the team creates an initial plan of care using a high-quality planning process that reflects the principles of Wraparound.
The initial Wraparound plan is implemented, progress and successes are continually reviewed, and changes are made, all while maintaining or building team cohesiveness and mutual respect.
Plans are made for a purposeful transition out of formal Wraparound to a mix of formal and natural supports in the community (and, if appropriate, to services and supports in the adult system). The focus on and preparation for transition is continual during the Wraparound process and first made known in the initial engagement activities.
WRAPAROUND YOUTH PARTNER
The Wraparound Youth Partner is key to ensuring high fidelity within the Wraparound process. The Wraparound process is always young adult and family driven, strengths-based, and solution-focused. Our Wraparound Youth Partners help empower young adults to make educated decisions, effectively lead their team meetings, and advocate for other young adults.
Youth Partners also utilize the Achieve My Plan (AMP) method that was developed by RTC in order to ensure that the young adult’s voice is driving their Wraparound plan. They help young people establish and work towards their life assignments, provide one-on-one peer support for youth/young adults navigating youth-serving systems, and above all they aim to amplify youth and young adult voices across multiple systems.
This service is not about blaming young adults and their team for the failures or difficulties that may arise. We believe that young adults do not fail, but sometimes plans fail. If plans aren’t meeting a young adult’s expectations or are inhibiting the progress of a Wraparound team, we will reevaluate and make changes so that their plan more accurately fits their needs and goals.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A PART OF WRAPAROUND?
All Youth ERA support services are provided free of charge for youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25.
WHAT ARE LIFE ASSIGNMENTS?
“Life assignments” are the short- and long-term goals youth and young adults set in order to create significant positive personal, community, or world change. Life assignments empower young people to identify strengths and areas for improvement both in their lives and in their community.