Family voice with informed choice: coordinating wraparound with research-based treatment for children and adolescents

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(2):256-69. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.859081. Epub 2013 Dec 10.


The wraparound process is a type of individualized, team-based care coordination that has become central to many state and system efforts to reform children's mental health service delivery for youths with the most complex needs and their families. Although the emerging wraparound research base is generally positive regarding placements and costs, effect sizes are smaller for clinical and functional outcomes. This article presents a review of literature on care coordination and wraparound models, with a focus on theory and research that indicates the need to better connect wraparound-enrolled children and adolescents to evidence-based treatment (EBT). The article goes on to describe how recently developed applications of EBT that are based on quality improvement and flexible application of "common elements" of research-based care may provide a more individualized approach that better aligns with the philosophy and procedures of the wraparound process. Finally, this article presents preliminary studies that show the feasibility and potential effectiveness of coordinating wraparound with the Managing and Adapting Practice system, and discusses intervention development and research options that are currently under way.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Professional-Family Relations*