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Quality and Individualization in Wraparound Team Planning
Journal of Child and Family Studies (2005)
  • Janet S. Walker, Portland State University
  • Kathryn Schutte
In children’s mental health, collaborative, team-based individualized service planning is most commonly known as wraparound, and has become one of the primary strategies for improving services and outcomes for children with the highest levels of need. We report on analyses of data gathered at 72 wraparound team meetings from communities around the United States. We describe the composition of the teams and the quality of the planning process they engaged in, and explore the extent to which these factors were associated with team member satisfaction and the individualization of plans. Teams in our study were numerically dominated by professionals. Parents attended a large majority of meetings, participation by youth and family advocates was frequent, participation by other family members infrequent, and participation by other members of the family’s informal or natural support networks rare. Observed teams varied considerably in the quality of their planning process and the degree of individualization of plans. Higher-quality planning was significantly associated with increased individualization of plans and with team member satisfaction with meeting productivity.
  • Social work research,
  • Children's mental health services,
  • Systems of care for children's mental health
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Janet S. Walker and Kathryn Schutte. "Quality and Individualization in Wraparound Team Planning" Journal of Child and Family Studies Vol. 14 Iss. 2 (2005)
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