Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I access all pages of this website?

No. There are restricted pages that are specifically for the Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI) staff, the Advisory Board, and the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) workforce. There are also pages specifically for the Pennsylvania counties who implement High Fidelity Wraparound.

2. What is High Fidelity Wraparound?

The HFW process has been standardized by the U. S. National Wraparound Initiative. It is a process that is youth guided and family driven to identify and meet the needs that are most important to them as they work towards healing, recovery and self-efficacy. An important component is the team process consisting of natural supports that the youth and family have identified and relevant system partners. 

3. How can a county in Pennsylvania implement High Fidelity Wraparound?

A county can apply to the Youth and Family Training Institute to be an implementer of High Fidelity Wraparound. Currently the YFTI is working with counties to train, coach and credential High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitators, Youth Support Partners, Family Support Partners and Coaches. Each county is unique because each has identified different populations to serve using the High Fidelity Wraparound process. All counties will receive the same training, regardless of the population served. Only counties that have applied and been accepted by the YFTI will be trained and credentialed.

4. Can I get High Fidelity Wraparound for my child and family?

Implementing High Fidelity Wraparound for any family depends on several factors. You will have to check to see if HFW is being offered in your county. You will have to see if your child is part of the “population served” in your county. The categories differ according to the county you are in. In all cases, the youth must be involved in more than one “system”, such as mental health, education, juvenile justice, Children, Youth and Families, and drug and alcohol, or at risk of an out-of-home placement or being discharged from an out-of-home placement. These youth are considered to have complex needs. At this time, youth identified with a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are not eligible for High Fidelity Wraparound.

5. High Fidelity Wraparound sounds a lot like Family Group Decision Making. Is it different?

High Fidelity Wraparound and Family Group Decision Making are very similar in the process and engagement of youth and family voice. They have similar principles and phases that they follow to have family engagement, planning and implementation. Both models bring families to the table as experts and equals in the planning process. Both processes are voluntary for youth and families. Family Group Decision Making can be short-term. The role of the Facilitator is to remain neutral and to assure that the meeting runs well, that safety is at the forefront, and that support is encouraged. The High Fidelity Wraparound process provides a HFW Facilitator, Youth Support Partner and Family Support Partner if requested that can help the family achieve goals that they (the youth and family) define on an ongoing basis. Natural supports are identified and the team is developed. The team will help monitor the plan and make adjustments as necessary. High Fidelity Wraparound workforce members are typically involved with a family for nine to 12 months.

6. What is the credentialing process?

The credentialing process for High Fidelity Wraparound refers to the skill attainment each HFW workforce member must reach in order to become credentialed in their HFW role. The credentialing process also ensures that all HFW workforce members are receiving the same knowledge and education. This leads to consistency in the HFW process and fidelity to the process.