Three New Resources from Paperboat

Paper Boat, an organization dedicated to helping care providers implement and operate Wraparound Systems of Care for youth, presents three new resources for service providers using the Wraparound system of care approach:

Rethinking Wraparound: Proposing a New Construct to Support an Evolving Understanding of the Wraparound Approach
The goal of this article is not to describe a specific version of what Wraparound practice should be – as if there was only one answer to that question, but rather to propose a new construct to help Wraparound practitioners hone their approaches and improve the impact of their efforts to assist families. Read Full Article

The Needs Guide:
A resource for families, facilitators and team members working with the Wraparound process

Wraparound is a complex process when you put all of the pieces together. Each of the core concepts of Wraparound can be hard to implement. For example, getting a team together to come up with a single plan of care is easier said than done. Staying focused on strengths while struggling with the behavior of a teenager can be a challenge for any Wraparound team. Staying focused on a common outcome can also be challenging. Despite these challenges most individuals associated with Wraparound find that they can manage if not master core Wraparound concepts such as Team, Plan of Care, Strengths or Outcomes. The most difficult Wraparound concept is that of Needs. This Workbook is designed to help all individuals who are working with Wraparound to become comfortable with the concept of needs as used in the Wraparound process. It is also designed to help individuals and teams work better at identifying the underlying needs, reaching agreement about the most important need and staying focused on addressing and meeting those needs. Read Full Article

Benchmarking in Wraparound

Find the easiest counts for success; engage in bi-level benchmarking; manage to the initial conditions that got the family referred; engage the family in identifying benchmarks that create meaning in each day; manage to the facts; summarize to the positives; bring information to the team for review; use logic in reviewing benchmarks at a team level; and builds discipline for team decision making rather than crowd decision making. View Presentation.

Paperboat is presented and maintained by Patricia Miles and John Franz, long-term colleagues who share a common approach in their work with agencies and communities that are interested in large-scale implementation of integrated, strength-based, consumer-driven systems of care. For more information, visit