Wraparound is a youth/family-led process that gathers all the people who work with you from different agencies like your child's school, social services, juvenile justice, mental and physical health, developmental disabilities, coaches, mentors, children's services along with you, your family and close friends or extended family members. Together—as a team—you make a plan to prioritize identified needs and help your family find stability.
ENGAGE (Engaging the Next Generation to Achieve Their Goals Through Empowerment) Wraparound is specifically centered on a youth aged 14-21with mental health concerns who is transitioning to adulthood. This group gathers to help youth make a plan for their own future. The group will work with the youth/family to help identify unmet needs and work to put a plan in place to help them reach their goals. Employment, education, financial planning, housing, social needs, medical and mental health concerns and management planning can all be part of the plan in addition to other things that the youth/family want to include.
Parents should be involved in the process for youth in their custody—and are welcome to participate by invitation of youth who are emancipated. But, it's important to remember that ENGAGE Wraparound is about helping the youth make their own plan and reach their own goals based on the identified needs. (Service Coordination for the whole family is available in most counties —please contact your local Family and Children First Council for more information.)
ENGAGE is an initiative of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of ENGAGE is to establish High-Fidelity Wraparound statewide as one tool to develop and strengthen local Systems of Care. Youth and Young Adults in Transition aged 14-21 will need their parents or guardians to help refer them to this program. Youth who are over 18 and/or are emancipated can refer themselves.
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