What brings families to Wraparound?
Everybody faces challenges.
Some children are labeled depressed. Others have been told they have anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder or ADHD. Some children have a medical problem or disability. Other kids can’t stop fighting with their parents. Whether the problem is with the law, drugs or alcohol, sex, cutting, failing grades, skipping school, running away… the THRIVE program helps young people tackle challenges with their families, feelings and behavior.
When your child is facing challenges to his/her functioning and well-being, knowing where to turn can seem overwhelming. If the challenges of parenting your child/teen have become unmanageable, reach out! We’re here to help!
Mental health is a key component in a child’s healthy development. Children need to be emotionally and psychologically healthy in order to learn, grow and lead productive lives. There are effective treatments, services, and supports that can help children and youth with mental health or behavioral issues and those at risk for these challenges to live successfully and THRIVE.
Research shows that children’s mental health needs can often be met by serving children with intensive community-based services like wraparound services. Wraparound services are individualized, community-based services that focus on the strengths and needs of the child/youth and family. Wraparound services are developed through a team-planning process, where integral support people involved in a child’s well-being collaborate to develop a plan of action (referred to as a “treatment plan” and/or an “individualized service plan”). The plan is based on goals set by the youth and the family (and support team), not by the provider. Wraparound services differ from traditional mental health models because they:
- Focus on strengths of a child/family, not just a diagnosis
- Incorporate the interests and goals of the youth rather than simply stopping negative behaviors
- Are usually provided in the homes of families and/or in community settings rather than a formal office
- Are available when it is convenient for families (after school, evenings or weekends) instead of standard office hours
- Emphasize treatment through skill-building and purposeful activities, giving youth the opportunity to practice life skills and make positive choices instead of just focusing on problems
Wraparound services have been shown to be among the most effective interventions for children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs and are essential to any children’s mental health system. Studies have found that these children make substantial improvements when provided wraparound services instead of institutional care, including that they:
- Are hospitalized less often;
- Have fewer arrests and stays in detention;
- Sustain their mental health improvements;
- Have less suicidal behavior; and
- Have better school attendance and achievement.
Thrive is committed to providing these services based on the needs of the child in a family-centered, community-based environment.