ERIC Number: ED493308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Quality and Individualization in Wraparound Team Planning. Data Trends #121
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
"Data Trends" reports present summaries of research on mental health services for children and adolescents and their families. The article summarized in this "Data Trends" discusses the results of a study designed to examine team composition, team planning, and team members' satisfaction in 26 different wraparound teams serving children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. The authors discuss the results of their analyses of observational and survey data and selected team member debriefings, collected during or after a total of 72 team meetings. An important contribution of this study is the research-based data on in vivo functioning of wraparound teams. The authors note the need for further research that extends beyond a focus on planning elements, and includes a representative sample of teams before assuming that the findings can be generalized. Nevertheless, the results identify some important steps that agencies can take to support the development of effective wraparound teams, as well as some challenges that need to be addressed. Based on these results, interventions that promote the capacity of teams to engage in higher quality planning are likely to positively influence their success in designing and implementing individualized care. It is also evident that there is a need to develop new ways to positively engage youth in wraparound teams. In addition, the authors make recommendations about systemic, organizational, team, and individual issues relevant to enabling teams to work in a way that is consistent with wraparound principles. For example, facilitation of the involvement of representatives from community organizations in wraparound teams is likely to require changes that address privacy concerns and that increase the flexibility of meeting times and funding. [This "Data Trends" presents a summary of: Walker, J. S. & Schutte, K. (2005). Quality and individualization in wraparound team planning. "Journal of Child and Family Studies," 14, 2, pp. 251-267.]
Descriptors: Observation, Collegiality, Community Organizations, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, Teamwork, Cooperative Planning, Mental Health, Health Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.