Child Mental Health Forum - Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D.
Wraparound Care Coordination for Youth with Complex Needs: Myths, Realities, and the Research Base
Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Wraparound is a structured, team-based strategy for providing individualized care coordination for children and youth with complex behavioral health needs and their families. Despite widespread adoption and emerging evidence for positive child and system outcomes, the research base on Wraparound provides policy-makers, funders, and providers with inconsistent information in areas such as effects for specific populations, mechanisms of effect, workforce development models, and the use of specific treatments. This presentation will describe the rationale for wraparound, its practice model, and necessary implementation supports. The talk will then discuss results of a recent comprehensive literature review of 206 unique Wraparound-related publications found in peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on implications for policy and practice. Specifically, under what circumstances can systems invest with confidence in wraparound? What benefits that can be expected, for both systems that invest in Wraparound, and the youth and families who receive it? And, what factors must be attended to in implementation at system and program levels to confer such benefits?
Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the wraparound practice model
- Explain the necessary system and program conditions for high quality practice
- Summarize extant research
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