Los Angeles County has provided Wraparound to families and their children with multiple, complex and enduring needs since 1998. Wraparound is an integrated, multi-agency, community-based planning process grounded in a philosophy of unconditional commitment to support families to safely and competently care for their children. The single most important outcome of the Wraparound approach is a child thriving in a permanent home and supported by normal community services and informal supports.
The Los Angeles County wraparound process has been developed through a collaborative partnership between the County and the Wraparound Agencies (WAs). This partnership, through regular meetings and solicitation of community and family input, maintains high standards, measures the achievement of outcomes and ensures voice, choice and access for all stakeholders.
- DCFS currently contracts with 34 Wraparound agencies to provide support to child and youth participants who are currently placed or are at imminent risk of placement within the next 30 days in a group home at a Rate Classification Level (RCL) 10 or above.
- On May 1, 2009, Wraparound will expand its target population to include any child/youth with an open DCFS case (either voluntary or court), who qualifies for Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) and has an urgent and/or intensive mental health need which causes impairment at school, home and/or in the community.
Enrollment in Wraparound is completed through a network of Interagency Screening Committees (ISC) located in each of the eight Los Angeles County Service Planning Areas (SPA). For enrolled children and families, Wraparound is provided on a no eject, no reject basis. As the needs of the child and family change, the Wraparound Plan of Care is changed to meet these needs and to achieve identified outcomes.
The County has established priorities in considering at risk children/youth for Wraparound who are adjudicated as a dependents or wards of the Juvenile Court pursuant to WIC 300, 601, or 602 or qualified under Chapter 26.5 of the Government Code (AB 3632) and are currently placed in a Group Home licensed at a Rate Classification Level of ten or higher.
Wraparound serves children who are under the jurisdiction of the Departments Children and Family Services (DCFS), Probation (Probation) and Mental Health (DMH) through AB 3632. Wraparound is a community-based process, and referrals are based on the location (i.e., SPA) where the child and family are to receive services. Referrals are made to the SPA ISC Liaison where a family member or caregiver has been identified and has agreed to participate in Wraparound. Once enrolled, the ISC team continues to monitor key aspects of Wraparound service delivery in coordination and partnership with the case-carrying Children’s Social Worker (CSW) or Probation Deputy, as applicable.
For more information on Wraparound, please click on the National Wraparound Initiative website at http://www.rtc.pdx.edu/nwi/index.php or the California Department of Social Services website at http://www.cdss.ca.gov.