Wraparound is a comprehensive and proven treatment modality for children and teens needing intensive supports in their home community. Using a carefully-designed and highly-customized planning process, the intention is to “wrap” the child – and family – with support systems and relevant resources in their community and everyday environments with the ultimate goal to either keep youth from transitioning to a higher, more intensive level of care (i.e., Residential Treatment) or to successfully transition a child from a high-level of care back home.
To achieve success, wraparound requires participation from both the child and the family, holding great significance in building a plan for the entire family that is individualized, strength-based and community-resource driven. The plan truly needs to have “buy in” and ultimately “work” for the family. Key components include safety planning and family-driven goal setting that helps build a team to support the family and connect them to resources in their community that will increase self-sufficiency and stability in the home.
WrapWorks is the Center’s wraparound program, contracted with the County of San Diego, to serve children and teens, ages 3-18, in the foster and probation systems. As some families are working with multiple agencies and service providers, the WrapWorks program provides the following to help streamline the experience and ensure the child and family receive the most out of the services provided:
- Care coordination
- Case management
- Individual and family therapy
- Medication management
- Peer support partners
- Crisis intervention
Services are provided at times and places most convenient for the family, and crisis intervention is available 24/7.
A Team of Support
In order to meet the unique needs for more than 80 families a month, the WrapWorks team involves a very diverse staff with various backgrounds, skills and connections in the community. Working alongside program managers, clinical supervisors and administrative staff are additional roles that allow the true wraparound model to be realized for each child and family:
- Intensive Care Coordinators: Masters level team leader, responsible for doing assessment and client plans, and setting up/facilitating team meetings
- Parent Partners: Former participants in the “systems” of child welfare, adoptions, special education, or probation – they act as a mentor, coach and advocate for parents and caretakers, helping to navigate them through the various systems
- Youth Partners/Skills Trainers: Young professionals who provide support and share their personal story with the youth, take youth into the community to learn life skills, and act as a mentor/advocate for the youth in team meetings
- Therapists/Substance Abuse Specialists: Provide individual and family therapy when therapy has not been available elsewhere
- Wraparound Fidelity Specialists: Train and coach all positions on the wraparound values and process
WrapWorks currently accepts referrals from Child Welfare Social Workers and Probation Officers in San Diego County. If your child is not involved in those systems, and you would like to explore private-pay wraparound, this can be possible as well.
For more information, please contact:
Carrie Kintz, LCSW
Program Director – WrapWorks