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Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to help children and their families realize their hopes and dreams. It is a planning process that gathers individuals from different parts of the entire family’s life. With assistance from facilitators, the group works together toward coordinating activities and blending their perspective of the family’s situation.

Though every family’s situation is different; wraparound may look different from one family to another however the process of wraparound should always be driven by the same 10 principles.

  • Family Voice and Voice
  • Individualized
  • Strength-Based
  • Natural Supports
  • Collaboration
  • Unconditional Care
  • Community-Based
  • Culturally Competent
  • Team-Based
  • Outcome-Based

High Fidelity Wraparound is also always based on 4 key elements.

  • Grounded in a Strengths Perspective
  • Driven by Underlying Needs
  • Supported by an Effective Team Process
  • Determine by Families


Mississippi will lead the nation with professionals who are well trained and dedicated to providing high-fidelity Wraparound that results in empowerment and real-life solutions for families.

The Mississippi Wraparound Institute is a partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work, Division of Medicaid, and Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The institute was developed to assist the State of Mississippi and the State’s child-serving agencies and their identified partners with efforts to (1) accomplish successful development of integrated systems of mental and behavioral health that follow the principles of the high-fidelity Wraparound model and (2) successfully implement and sustain Wraparound facilitation as a service.


To provide support and resources to child serving agencies that utilize high-fidelity Wraparound principles and philosophies, and our community and state partners.

Dr. Susan Hrostowski, Ph.D., MSW, MDiv
Principal Investigator

Elizabeth McDowell, LMSW
Program Director
Nationally Certified Wraparound Coach/Trainer

Program Manager

Mississippi Wraparound State Specialist


Nationally Certified State Partners

Beth Conerly, Nationally Certified State Trainer / Coach
Canopy Childrens Solution

Vanessa Huston, Nationally Certified State Trainer / Coach
Choices Coordinated Care Solutions

Wraparound Wednesday (Virtual: 9am - 12pm)

Introduction to Wraparound (Virtual) - TBA

Engagement in Wraparound (Virtual) - TBA

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Introduction to the Wraparound Process

The first training in the series for frontline wraparound practitioners, supervisors, and directors as well as community partners who may participate in a child and family team process. Through attendance at this 3-day training, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the critical components of the Wraparound process in order to provide high-fidelity Wraparound practice.
  • Practice these steps of the process to include eliciting the family story from multiple perspectives, reframing the family story from a strengths perspective, identifying functional strengths, developing vision statements, team missions, identifying needs, establishing outcomes, brainstorming strategies to create a plan of care and crisis plan representing the work of the team and learn basic facilitation skills for running a wraparound team meeting.

Engagement in the Wraparound Process

The second training in the series for frontline wraparound practitioners, supervisors, and directors as well as community partners who may participate in a child and family team process. Through attendance at this one day training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to engagement
  • Develop skills around engaging team members and the family
  • Utilize research-based strategies of engagement for increased positive outcomes for youth and their families. 

Intermediate Wraparound 

The  third training in the series for frontline Wraparound practitioners, supervisors, and directors to enhance their skills and move toward higher quality practice. Common implementation challenges are addressed in this training.

 Managing Wraparound

Provided for supervisors/managers in Wraparound. Through attendance at this 1-day training, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of the role of a supervisor in quality wraparound implementation.
  • Utilize supportive tools to develop quality wraparound practitioners, individualized and strength based service plans and team processes.
  • Transfer knowledge and skills to the workforce.

Technical Assistance/Workforce Development Services

  • Agency Boosters
  • Coaching Sessions
  • CFTM Observations
  • Curriculum Development
  • DMH Agency/Provider Registration/Certification
  • State Wraparound Facilitator Certification
  • Data Collection
  • Integrating Wraparound in the BSW program curriculum
  • Supervisors' Learning Collaborative

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For individualized concerns, please refer to your supervisor.

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