Wraparound is a collaborative approach to care that encourages coordination across agencies, disciplines, and communities to enhance outcomes for children and families. The Wraparound model enhances safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth consistent with state and federal mandates. Wraparound is considered a promising practice that is complimentary to a variety of other practice models.

The Wraparound Program was established with the passing of Senate Bill 163 in 1997. Wraparound is funded using flexible Child Welfare Services Realignment Local Revenue Fund. Children deemed at risk of placement in a RCL level 10-14 (or Short Term Residential Treatment Program starting 1/1/2017), or who are returning to a lower level of placement are eligible for Wraparound services.

The Wraparound philosophy asserts that, to be most effective, services should be family and youth driven, individualized and holistic, culturally humble, and based in the community wherever possible.  The Wraparound practice model is a team-based process for planning and implementing services and supports for youth with complex needs that adheres to this philosophy.

Individuals identified to receive Wraparound services from the Shasta County Wraparound Program are between 5-20 years old and are;

  • Dependent or Non-minor Dependent of the Court, or Probation Ward
  • The child must be at risk of being placed in a RCL level 10 group home or higher (Short Term Residential Treatment Program, STRTP as of 1/1/17)
  • The child has open specialty mental health case
  • Or: when moving a youth from a RCL 10 or higher group home (or STRTP) back to a permanent caregiver.

 Characteristics of children and youth participating in The Wraparound Program may include:

  • A youth that; has been dispositioned in Child Welfare Court, is exhibiting extreme behaviors that could lead to placement in a group home (STRTP), such as running away, assaultive to resource family, extreme property damage, moderate to severe mental health symptoms such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, danger to others, and/or psychiatric hospitalization
  • Less severe mental health symptoms for youth under 12 that could lead to out of home placement
  • Has an identified permanent family: Non-Related Extended Family Member, family member, or biological parent to live with in Shasta County.