CST: Principles of Wraparound

Wisconsin's wraparound vision

To transform the children’s mental health and substance use system to better meet the needs of children and families by developing a seamless, comprehensive children’s behavioral health system by utilizing wraparound as a model for support.


Family voice and choice
Family and youth/child perspectives are intentionally elicited and prioritized during all phases of the wraparound process. Planning is grounded in family members’ perspectives and the team strives to provide options and choices that reflect the family’s values and preferences.

The wraparound team consists of individuals agreed upon by the family and committed to the family through informal, formal, and community support and service relationships.

Natural supports
The team actively seeks out and encourages the full participation of team members drawn from family members’ networks of interpersonal and community relationships. The wraparound plan reflects activities and interventions that draw on sources of natural support.

Team members work cooperatively and share responsibility for developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a single wraparound plan. The plan reflects a blending of team members’ perspectives, mandates, and resources. The plan guides and coordinates each team member’s work towards meeting the team’s goals.

The wraparound team implements service and support strategies that take place in the most inclusive, most responsive, most accessible, and least restrictive settings possible and that safely promote child and family integration into home and community life.

Cultural and linguistic responsiveness
The wraparound process demonstrates respect for and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of the child, youth, family, and their community.

Individualized and developmentally informed
To achieve the goals laid out in the wraparound plan, the team develops and implements a customized set of strategies, supports, and services.

The wraparound process and the wraparound plan identify, build on, and enhance the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and assets of the child and family, their community, and other team members.

The wraparound team does not give up on, blame, or reject children, youth, and their families. When faced with challenges or setbacks, the team continues working toward meeting the needs of the youth and family and achieving the goals in the wraparound plan until the team reaches agreement that a formal wraparound process is no longer necessary.

The team ties the goals and strategies of the plan to observable or measurable indicators of success, monitors progress in terms of these indicators, and revises the plan accordingly.

The Foundations of Wisconsin Wraparound

A series of videos on the principles and practice of wraparound are available for free online. These videos are intended for anyone interested in learning about the wraparound process including: children and families; care providers; and individuals and professionals involved with Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives. 

Last Revised: March 16, 2020