The High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) process is divided into four phases. Each phase represents the building of a stage in the relationship between the HFW team members (youth, family, natural supports, HFW workforce, providers). Each phase consists of specific tasks and activities that are essential to maintaining fidelity to the model.
1. Engagement and Team Preparation
This phase is the groundwork for developing trust and a shared vision among the HFW team members. The goal is for everyone involved to be comfortable with each other in order to attend meetings ready to work together. This phase includes the initial conversations about strengths, needs, culture and vision. It sets the tone for teamwork and for team interactions that are necessary, and consistent with HFW Principles. This is a phase that is completed in the early weeks of the relationship so that the team can begin the individualized process of developing the HFW plan.
2. Initial Plan Development
Team trust and mutual respect continues to build in the Initial Plan Development phase. The team creates an initial plan of care using a process that reflects the HFW principles. The youth and family should feel that they are being heard. They should be the ones choosing the needs they want to work on and, with the team, develop options that give them a reasonable chance of meeting these needs. It helps to promote team cohesion and shared responsibility toward achieving the team’s mission or overall goal.
This phase includes putting the plan in action. Progress and success is continually reviewed. Changes are made to the plan and implemented. It’s a constant, adapting plan. The implementation of the plan and changes to the plan occur while maintaining and building team cohesiveness and mutual respect. The activities of this phase are repeated until the team’s mission is achieved and formal HFW is no longer needed.
This is the phase where plans are made for transition from the formal HFW process, to a mix of formal and natural supports in the community. If the youth is nearing the age of 21, it would be appropriate to transition to supports and services in the adult system in this phase. Transition is always a part of the HFW process. The conversation about transition begins in the Engagement and Team Preparation phase.