“As a WrapAround Facilitator, I provide intensive case management to kids who exhibit the highest level of needs in the State.”
When children and families need a higher level of services than those traditionally provided in home based or outpatient settings, WrapAround Facilitators like Kristen Ludeker-Seibert connect them with a broader support network. WrapAround Facilitators meet with the child and family to identify the underlying factors influencing the child’s behaviors, then “wrap” the child and family in supportive services, tailored to each individual’s needs.
“I engage the family, and work to identify others who are ‘natural supports’ – that is, people the child is already connected to, who can help that child reach his or her goals. These may be people from school or church; they may be neighbors or extended family; we’ve even engaged a manager at Chuck E Cheese, because that was someone who could provide motivation to one of our consumers.”
“We ask: What is the underlying unmet need? What is driving this behavior? What strategies can we try to change these behaviors? Then we develop plans to help them reach their goals, and incorporate natural supports that will continue to benefit the child long after their services at Adult and Child have ended. We know they’re ready to transition out of services, or to a lower level of service, when we see evidence of decreased tension in the family and improved relationships at school.”
While the WrapAround approach is described by Kristen as collaborative approach and “outside the box,” requiring creativity and flexibility, Kristen notes that the person in this role must also be able to work in a highly structured environment. “Being organized, attention to detail, and time management are key,” says Kristen. “There are a lot of moving parts – a lot of people involved, a lot of dates to manage – but, in the end, all of it leads to a happier healthier family.”