High Fidelity Wraparound is a process that helps complex needs youth/families put together a team of people who will help them meet goals that they choose. This team is made up of people that the youth/family chooses and may include family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and professionals (i.e., teachers, social worker, and probation). This team is intended to support them beyond the involvement of High Fidelity Wraparound.
Wraparound is guided by ten principles: Family Voice and Choice, Team Based, Natural Supports, Collaboration, Community Based, Culturally Competent, Individualized, Strength Based, Persistence and Outcome-Based.
A facilitator will assist the youth/family through the Wraparound process. The facilitator remains neutral, will listen without judgment and build on strengths. The facilitator will help put together a team of supports to help address the youth/family’s needs.
There are four phases in the Wraparound Process:
Phase One: Engagement and Team Preparation
During this phase, the groundwork for trust and shared vision among the youth/family and wraparound team members is established, so people are prepared to come to meetings and collaborate. This phase, particularly through the initial conversations about strengths, needs, culture, and vision, sets the tone for teamwork and team interactions that are consistent with the wraparound principles. The activities of this phase should be completed relatively quickly (within 2-4 weeks if possible), so that the team can begin meeting and establish ownership of the process as quickly as possible.
Phase Two: Initial Plan Development
During this phase, team trust and mutual respect are built while creating an initial plan of care using a high quality planning process that reflects the wraparound principles. In particular, youth and family should feel, during this phase, that they are heard, that the needs chosen are ones they want to work on, and that the options chosen have a reasonable chance of helping them meet these needs. This phase should be completed during one or two meetings that take place within 1-2 weeks; a rapid time frame intended to promote team cohesion and shared responsibility toward achieving the team’s mission or overarching goal.
Phase Three: Implementation
During this phase, the initial wraparound plan is implemented, progress and successes are continually reviewed, and changes are made to the plan and then implemented, all while maintaining or building team cohesiveness and mutual respect. The activities of this phase are repeated until the team’s mission is achieved and formal wraparound is no longer needed.
Phase Four: Transition
During this phase, 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 transition is continual during the wraparound process, and the preparation for transition is apparent even during the initial engagement activities.