“Wraparound” is a team approach to supporting children with serious mental health and behavior problems and their families. An individual plan is developed for each family based on its specific needs. When implemented, this plan provides for services and supports that are “wrapped around” the child and family.

Wraparound is very different than traditional programs that serve families, and includes the following components:

  • The family is always at the center of the planning process — the family has as much say about the plan as the agencies involved in a child’s plan
  • The family builds the team. They choose the people they want to be on their Child and Family Team
  • The focus is on the strengths of the child and family, not the deficits
  • The family and team can make creative choices. The Child and Family Plan will be one-of-a kind with the specific services and supports that the child and family need

"The Wraparound program has been unbelievable."

— Julie, mother of 11-year-old daughter

Your child and family must be approved to participate in Wraparound through enrollment to the 1915i Medicaid State Plan Amendment.

The process to begin enrollment in the 1915i begins with referral of a child to Mental Health Case Management. Referrals may be made by an outpatient clinician or a facility. Also families may self-refer to Mental Health Case Management. If a child meets the level of intensity of need, and if the family makes less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Line, the child will be enrolled in wraparound through the 1915i.

Once a family is approved, it is assigned to a Care Coordination Organization (CCO), which helps the family coordinate care and access services and supports. The CCO will assign a Care Coordinator to guide this process.

"…if I didn’t have my Family Support Partner, I wouldn’t know how to navigate the system."

— Mother

The family also may be connected with a Family Peer Support Specialist from MCF, whose job it is to:

  • Provide emotional support to a family
  • Identify people that a family wants on their Child and Family Team
  • Help families decide what they want and need
  • Support families in their efforts to get their needs met
  • Work with families to organize and prepare for meetings
  • Attend meetings, such as at school or court, with families
  • Connect families with information and resources
  • Offer support groups, educational programs and social recreational activities

The Family Peer Support Specialist works together with a Care Coordinator to help families:

  • Understand the Wraparound process
  • Choose the members of their child and family team
  • Consider the strengths, needs and culture of a family using an assessment called the CANS
  • Develop short- and long-term goals
  • Find answers for the most pressing needs

Find a Family PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST in your community

"Family Support gave me the skills I needed to use the services that are out there."

— Caregiver