WRAPAROUND through Lake County
       Local Area Network (LAN) 35
                     Original Presentation Prepared By: Patti Leppala-Bardell
Contributions from the Collaborative Effort of DCFS & ISBE Wraparound Training Cycles 1-6 and the
  Northern Region LANS “Creating Success for Children & Families through Wraparound Training”
                             Modified October 2011 for use by LAN 35
            Training Goals
   Gain a clear understanding of the Wraparound
   Learn what a LAN is and how it is connected to the
    Wraparound Process
   Develop an understanding of the role of the
    Wraparound Facilitator and others on the Child and
    Family Team
   Understand process for identification of strengths &
   Gain an understanding of Lake County LAN 35
    wraparound presentation process
   Provide contact information & forms for presentation
    to the Lake County LAN 35
   Wraparound is a

    is not something
       you “get”….

It’s something you do
          Historical Overview –
The Beginning of “Wraparound”
    John Brown and colleagues in Canada developed
     programs that were needs-based, unconditional
     and provided individualized services.

    1975 In the U.S., the process began to be used
     at Kaleidoscope in Chicago, led by Karl Dennis,
     and was referred to as “individualized services”.
                             (Focal Point, 2003)
         Historical Overview
         of Wraparound (cont.)
   1980’s Wraparound term was coined in early 80’s
    by Dr. Lenore Behar of North Carolina

   1985 Alaska officials sought consultation from
    Kaleidoscope (Illinois) and formed the Alaska
    Youth Initiative.

   Alaska’s efforts were replicated quickly by
    Washington, Vermont and 30 other states.
                                  (Focal Point, 2003)
         Historical Overview –
         Wraparound in Illinois

   1987 The Community and Residential Services
    Authority (CRSA) initiated interagency discussions
    regarding reform of the way state agencies
    provided services to families.

   1991 ISBE began to redirect educational dollars
    spent on residential placements to community-
    based project sites.
         Historical Overview –
         Wraparound in Illinois               (cont.)

   1991 ISBE also started to utilize the wraparound

   1993 Four state agencies (DHS MH/DD, DCFS,
    DASA, and ISBE) issued a joint letter announcing
    that they were ready to proceed with the
    development of statewide Child & Adolescent
    Local Area Networks (C&A LANs).
         Historical Overview –
         Wraparound in Illinois               (cont.)

   1993-1994 Local Area Networks (LANs) were
    established with geographical boundaries creating
    62 LANs across Illinois.
 1994 The Department of Children and Family
  Services committed to utilizing LANs as its local
  infrastructure to plan, develop and manage
  services to respond to the real needs of youth
  and families in their communities.
 Present The 62 Illinois LANS continue to operate
  through contributions from DCFS & ISBE
         What is a LAN?
 LAN is the acronym for Local Area Network.
 LANs are voluntary, community based
  networks in geographically designated areas
  of Illinois.
 The networks seek to bring together
  stakeholders who have an interest in the
  welfare of youth and families to plan together
  to improve service delivery.
       Why Have LANs?
   Better use of school/community based
   Changes focus from negative approach to
    building upon positive behaviors
   Increases community coordination &
   Provides flexible, individualized approach to
    helping students and their families
   Contains costs and demonstrates cost
                     LAN funding sources

                      DCFS                             ISBE

                                              IDEA Discretionary Funds
Family Centered Services     Flexible Funds
                                                   (Flex Funds)
62 Illinois LANs
Cook County LANs
         How is a LAN connected to
 Each  LAN has a Wraparound Committee
  that approves Flexible Funding for
  individual Wraparound Plans and budgets.
 LAN generally offers additional ideas or
  suggestions to the Child & Family Team for
  blending programs and funds, and
  accessing resources.
 LAN funds are time-limited & capped.
      And what is
“The approach is really very simple. It is what you
would do for youth and families if you really liked
them and if you were given the tools that would
allow you not to give up on them. It is what you
would do if you could break free from the
constraints that our professional training and
agency structures place upon our desire to do
what makes sense.”
     Quote from Karl Dennis of Kaleidoscope, Inc.
       Wraparound Values
 Builds on strengths to meet needs
 One family, one plan
 Increased parent choice
 Increased family independence
 Care for youth in context of families
 Care for families in context of community
 Never give up approach
             Who can be referred to LAN
             35 (Lake County LAN)?
 Any youth in Lake County Illinois, ages 3-21,
  at risk of, or experiencing, truancy,
  suspensions, and/or expulsion from school
 Any youth at risk of educational failure due to
  behavioral and/or academic issues. ISBE goal
  is “to improve educational outcomes.”

*Any child can benefit from the wraparound process.
           Step 1: Child & Family
   A good professional team member should……
    “check your title at the door but bring your
    expertise to the table.”

   Members: Youth, Adult Caregiver,
    Facilitator, Formal Supports & Informal
              The Team
   Natural/Informal
        “Family” members
        Neighbors and friends
        Church Members
        Other people that the “family” is regularly in contact
   Professional/Formal
        School Personnel
        Counselors
        Child Welfare Caseworkers
        Others
    Sample Team
      Therapist                      Facilitator

Faith Based                                 Mentor
  Support         Child and Family

     Friends and
                   Social Service   Parent
          The Facilitator
 Facilitate: to make easier or less difficult; help
  forward (an action, a process, etc.): to assist
  the progress of (a person).
 Facilitator may be the school social worker,
  therapist, community casemanager, mentor,
  ICG worker, post-adoption worker or any
  other person identified as the person who will
  lead the process.
    Facilitator Responsibilities

 Organize the Team
 Facilitate Child & Family Team Meetings
 Document the Plan
 Explore community based resources
 Identify costs for requested services
 Manage the Team and Plan over Time
 Complete follow-up until plan’s closing
           Step 2: Develop Mission
   Mission Statement is the family’s view of a
    better life. “What are our plans & goals?”
     Normalization
     Futuring

   Goal statements are based on life, not
           Step 3: Identify Strengths
 All people have strengths, unique to them.
 Strengths are the things that pull people
  through the hard times.
 Change is supported by building on strengths.
 Functional Strengths
     What can the family do?
     What are their problem solving skills?
     How have those skills worked for them?
            Listening for Strengths

   Traits & Talents--Who is the youth/family & what
    are their characteristics?
   Skills and Abilities--What can the youth/family do?
   Attributes and History--Who was involved, and what
    did they contribute?
   Preferences--What else would feel real and valid for
    this youth/family?
        Step 4: Identify Needs by
        Life Domain
 Don’t assume you know what’s best.
 Needs are not services; Services are often
  the way we meet the need.
 Examine needs through each life domain.
 Change begins when people feel respected &
 Avoid hidden agendas.
Life Domain Areas
   Family/Attachment
   Physical Needs/Living Situation
   Safety
   Educational/Vocational
   Cultural/Spiritual
   Health
   Emotional/Psychological
   Socialization
   Legal
              Points to consider by domain:
   Physical needs/living situation: basic needs
    such as food, shelter with adequate utilities,
    space and furniture. Being free of physical
    hazards for self and others.
       Examples: Need a place to feel safe, need a place to keep
        possessions, need a place where heat and water are
        reliably provided, and need for nutritional nourishment.
        Need for separate bedrooms for youths & adults, need for
        adequate security/locks and need to reside in a
        structurally sound place.
              Points to consider:
   Cultural/Spiritual: beliefs, customs, arts &
    institutions of a particular society and/or
    organized religion and takes into
    consideration ethnicity, race, gender, age,
    and sexual orientation.
       Examples: Need to maintain connections, or reconnect,
        with people of own’s race, religion, language or other
        aspect of culture, need for emotional support and
        understanding from others of the same sexual orientation
                Points to consider: family
   Family: Who is in the family? What are the
    roles and responsibilities to one another in
    relation to the family structure? Broad
    definition of family--includes other individuals
    outside of blood relations.
       Examples: Need for access among family members, need
        for clear definition of adult role and child role, need to
        function in a manner that benefits the entire family.
             Points to consider:
   Educational/Vocational: process of learning
    and how and where people learn and/or
    acquire skills for employment
       Need specific ways of learning or understanding
        material, need assistance with homework, need to
        learn job skills, and need to graduate from school
             Points to consider:
   Health/Medical: Any physical or medical
    conditions that may exist within the family
       Need for certain medications or procedures, need
        for certain ongoing medical treatments, and a
        need for regular health maintenance. Need to
        take medications as prescribed at school.
             Points to consider: safety
   Safety: Issues relating to the need for safety
    for the youth and family and in the
    community at large; identification of need for
    crisis planning
       Need to feel and be safe, need to be in an
        environment that provides some degree of safety;
        need to have plan to achieve safety
               Points to consider:
   Social and Recreational: Addresses the
    interrelationship of people in society as well
    as the need to engage in leisurely pursuits in
    order to refresh and relax oneself.
       Need for communication, need to relate to others in a way
        that is valued and respected, and need to create a positive
        daily routine and environment.

   Need to engage in physical activity, need to occupy
    time in a constructive manner, and the need to
    pursue activities that are pleasurable and soothing.
    Need for, and ability to, interact with others in
    productive and positive ways. Need to have fun as
    an individual and family. Need access to
    appropriate resources. Need to have friends at
    school in structured and unstructured settings.
              Points to consider: legal
   Legal: Relates to matters of the law or legal
    system and its functions
       Need for definition of legal custody, need for
        court protection, need for legal representation,
        and need to complete terms of specific court
         Step 5: Prioritize Needs
 Using family voice and perspective, the team
  selects the most important needs to work on
  during the coming time frame.
 Identify possible resources/services to meet
 Identify Costs for requested services
 Present case to the wraparound council for
  brainstorming, if needed.
           Step 6: Develop Action
           Strategies & Assign Tasks
   The team should:
     Brainstorm strategies that will help the family
      move forward.
     Recommend service linkages. Research costs.
     Ensure action strategies are tied to the strengths
      of the family & support the mission statement.
     Assign tasks, time frames and specific follow-up
             Step 7: Document the Plan

 Document the plan on the applicable form for
  the LAN. (Note: each LAN may have unique forms)
 Develop a mechanism for evaluating if it is
  working and plan to change it as necessary.
 Determine strategies for transition from
  formal supports toward informal, responsive
  supports over time. (Remember, wraparound
    supports are time-limited.)
         Step 8: Present Wrap Plan to
         Screening Committee

 Schedule an appointment with the LAN co-
 Bring original plan SIGNED by
  parent/guardian AND child, if child is over age
  of 12
 Be prepared to answer questions about the
  family and the plan
 LAN Screening Committee will vote on the
 Facilitator will notify providers of approvals
  and/or next steps.
             Lake County LAN 35 mtgs
   The Lake County LAN 35 meets every first Thursday of the
       The LAN Steering Committee meets from 9-10 a.m. for business
        agenda and resource sharing.
       The LAN Screening Committee hears cases following the business
        meeting, beginning at 10 a.m.
   Meetings for January, March, April, June, July, September &
    October are held at Allendale’s Bradley Counseling Center,
    located at 450 W. Grand Avenue, Lake Villa, IL,
   Meetings for February, May, August and November are held
    in the large conference area first floor, Vista Medical Center
    at 2615 Washington Street, Waukegan, IL 60085
   Cases can be presented to the wraparound council
    to assist with identification of possible services,
    supports, and linkages in advance of formal
    presentation of the plan.
   If identifying information is to be shared, written
    release from the parent and youth for such
    exchange of information should be provided.
   Please note that summer camp requests should be
    submitted by April each year.
              The Presentation
   To present a case to the Wraparound Council, the team
    facilitator should contact Merlean Lovelady at 847-362-2111
    to obtain a time for the agenda. (Note:If the parent and/or
    youth will be attending the presentation, please indicate so
    when calling.)
   The facilitator has 10 minutes reserved to present the case
    needs, including a brief summary of the family history,
    strengths, and needs.
   The plan and the “Application for Flex Funds” page should be
    thoroughly completed with specifics of agency, cost and
    service type requested.
             The Budget
   Services/Goods can be approved only for 90 days per
    request. Caps exist.
   Copies of overdue bills should accompany any requests for
   Inquiries should be made to agencies in advance of council
    presentation to explore possible scholarship or reduced fee
   Checks should be made out to providers whose names are
    listed on the approved Application for Flex Funds form.
   Providers must provide receipts.
 The facilitator is responsible for providing
  follow-up on each case presented. (Refer to
  follow-up form.)
 Follow-ups should occur no later than 90 days
  after approval is granted.
 Follow-ups should be presented in person.
        Lake County LAN
        Wraparound Forms
 Authorization for Release of Information
 Wraparound Plan
 Child & Family Team Member Signature
 Application for Flexible Funds
 Follow-Up Form
           Lake Co. LAN 35 Contacts
   For questions about a LAN 35 case, please
     Co-Convener Linda Amundsen 847-986-2325
     Co-Convener Sali Martin 847-838-0680
     Julie Pettinato Lake Co Health Dept 847-377-8965
     Judy Griffeth Allendale 847-245-6330

   Or please visit our LAN 35 blog at:
           Statewide Contacts
 DCFS LAN Liaison
LANs 34, 35, 47
Phil Biage
Phone: 630-801-3480 Email: Phillip.Biage@illinois.gov

 Community & Residential Services Authority (CRSA)
Jude Deangelo
Phone: 877-541-2772 Email: Jude.deangelo@illinois.gov

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