Wrap-Around Support Process (WASP)
What is Wrap Around?
Wrap Around is a process that varies in intensity and duration, based on the individualized needs of the client. The wrap-around process is how we implement the system of care at the client level. It is based on common personal, community, and system values. It is a process that provides integration of services and support around the client.
The key characteristics of the process are that the plan addresses client needs not client deficits, is developed by a client-centered team, is individualized based on the strengths and culture of the client, and is needs-driven rather than services-driven.
WASP staff listens to the client to understand his own vision of the future and then provides options for achieving it.
The process focuses on strengthening the natural supports for the client, including family, friends, and social supports so that the professionals can ease out of the process.
The WASP team works together to make one plan that addresses all of the client’s needs and goals. This plan integrates the requirements of all systems the client must adhere to. Having one plan makes success possible for the client.
The team helps the client identify the needs that are most important to them (voice) and focuses resources to help them meet those needs (choice) along with the requirements that parole may put on them.
Voice and Choice
Services and supports are tailored to the unique culture of each client. Family culture refers to race and ethnicity as well as family habits, preferences, beliefs, language, rituals, and dress.
The client chooses the team that will help them become proficient in the skills needed to succeed in society. This team should consist of 4-8 members with no more than 50% professional service providers.
Each client has an individualized plan that is developed by the Team and addressed the needs prioritized by the family. The plan includes requirements of parole and treatment.
The family members, clergy and/or friends who share a commitment to the client’s success support them in re-entry.
The plan is based on the strengths, needs, values, norms, preferences, culture, and vision of the client.
Treatment providers and other resources join the team with the client to make one plan that will work for the client, parole and society as a whole.
The client is not kicked out of wrap around because the plan isn’t working. The plan is simply adjusted until it works.
The client is involved in the activities of his community and uses community-based services and supports.
Outcome measures are identified and the plan is continually evaluated for quality and effectiveness in achieving the client’s and society’s goals.
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