What is WRAP? And What You Need To Know About It!

February 5, 2015

WRAP, which stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is a system developed and successfully used by people with a broad range of physical and emotional challenges.

Wellness Recovery Action Plans

Individuals who use the WRAP system learn how to implement self-help skills and to monitor how they feel. This in turn enables them to take control, stay well, and most importantly, improve their quality of life.

Why is WRAP Important?

A personalized WRAP program helps teach an individual how to keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors. Once these feelings and behaviors are recognized, WRAP helps empower the individual to know when, and what, action might need to be taken to achieve a better overall feeling.

Upon execution, a well defined, individualized WRAP helps you to:

  • Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Improve quality of life
  • Achieve one’s life goals and dreams

A better understanding of how you feel is instrumental in letting others know when you are not feeling well, which is an integral component to ensuring family and friends better understand you. WRAP can also help you achieve the ultimate goal – to improve your overall enjoyment of life.

How WRAP Works

With the guidance of WRAP certified facilitators, WRAP workshop attendees will develop personalized WRAP plans that best fit their unique needs. An individualized WRAP might include the following components:

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  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • When Things Are Breaking Down Action Plan
  • Crisis Plan
  • Post Crisis Plan

Most importantly, WRAP is developed by you – for you! You choose who will assist and support you, from family, to friends, to health care providers. WRAP is most effective when utilized and followed by the individual for whom it was intended, and can be instrumental in helping you achieve your best quality of life.

Anyone can develop a personalized WRAP to address a wide range of life issues, including emotional challenges, chronic illness, weight loss, or caring for an elderly family members.

DE Family Voices Offers WRAP Workshops

Delaware Family Voices will be hosting WRAP workshops through-out 2015. These two day workshops will be presented by Wanda Ford, our very own certified WRAP facilitator. Through Wanda’s guidance and assistance, attendees of these ground-breaking workshops will learn how to create their own personalized WRAP programs.

WRAP For Life Book

Begin taking control of your life! Attend one of our  WRAP workshops and learn how to develop your own WRAP, and to live the life you want to live. Contact Wanda Ford at 302-669-3034 or sfn@defv.org for additional information as well as the current WRAP workshop schedule.

NOTE: WRAP is a systemic concept designed to compliment other therapies. It is not designed to replace them. Read more about WRAP at MentalHealthRecovery.com.

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The Creating A Common Vision Summit – A Success Story

October 29, 2014

On Wednesday September 17, 2014, Delaware Family Voices hosted the Creating A Common Vision Summit. People from across Delaware came together in a conjoined effort to improve the lives of children with mental health and severe behavioral health needs. It was a successful day packed with networking and collaboration.

The Summit Goal

The goal of the Creating a Common Vision summit was to develop a strategic plan for the development of a Delaware based parent-run chapter of the Federation of Families.

Federation of Famlies

The Federation of Families is a national organization that focuses on issues relevant to families of children with severe emotional, mental health, and/or behavioral challenges. Learn more about the mission of the Federation of Families organization at our blog, Federation of Families Is Coming To Delaware and at the Federation of Families website.

Let’s Get Talking!

The Summit was attended by representatives from agencies across the state, including state departments, school districts, mental health agencies, and community agencies. Also attending the summit were parents of children with severe mental health and/or behavioral health issues.

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Everyone in attendance had one goal in common – to assist children with severe mental health and behavior health needs. What an impressive collaborative effort by  everyone in attendance!

The Summit opened with a warm welcome from Ann Phillips, Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices.

Delaware Family Voices

 

Ann began the conference with a few words about Delaware Family Voices and the Family To Family Information Center, the infrastructure under which Delaware Family Voices operates.

The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (DPBHS) was on hand to support our Delaware families in developing a strategic plan to address children’s mental health issues in Delaware.

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DPBHS representative Barbara Messick addressed how they can better engage families throughout Delaware. She also provided families with information about the services DPBHS already have available to help children with mental health and behavior issues.

The Summit was the perfect setting to honor Delaware Family Voices’ 2014 Volunteer of the Year award winner, Trina Cale-Rosario. Trina is a dedicated volunteer to Delaware Family Voices, assisting us in helping families across Delaware.

Volunteers

 

Trina not only is a key member of our Family Leadership Advisory Council, she also volunteers at many community events on behalf of Delaware Family Voices, and she is a trained Support Parent for our Parent to Parent program. Great job Trina! A heart-felt thank you from Delaware Family Voices.

The Summit was the ideal venue for a collaborative brain storming and strategic planning session.

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Summit attendees were divided into two separate work groups, each tasked with a different topic:

Group 1: What would be an effective vision, mission, and value statement for the Delaware Federation of Families Chapter?

Group 2: Effective parent and professional development and improving systems of care within the state of Delaware.

This interactive, collaborative portion of the Summit proved to be a most valuable experience, with very helpful take-aways that will further our efforts in supporting children with mental health and behavior issues.

Delaware Federation of Families

 

With the assistance of our facilitator, Diana Autin, Summit participants were actively engaged in their focus groups, working hard to develop ideas and strategies for creating the parent-run Delaware chapter of Federation of Families.

The Summit was a smashing success! The information received during the work groups has helped Delaware Family Voices develop a series of common interests and will be instrumental in the development of the infrastructure for the Delaware chapter of the Federation of Families. We are already well on the way to completing the chapter’s mission statement.

Thank You Everyone!

The Delaware Family Voices staff is very appreciative of everyone’s efforts and participation in the Creating A Common Vision Summit. Your participation was tantamount to the overall success of the Summit. As the families move forward with the development of the Delaware Federation of Families chapter, they now have a wealth of information from which to create the chapter.

Would you like to become involved with the Delaware chapter of Federation of Families? Please let us know! You can either leave a Comment below, or contact Wanda directly at snf@defv.org or (302) 669-3034.

A Very Special Thank You To SFN!

Delaware Family Voices would like to thank the Statewide Family Network Grant (SFN), who provided the funding for the Creating A Common Vision Summit. The Statewide Family Network Program is also made possible through the SFN grant via SAMHSA. The focus of this program is to assist families that have children with mental health and/or severe behavioral challenges to obtain resources and information. Another key component of this program is to assist these families with the creation of a parent run organization within Delaware, which in turn, led to the development and execution of the Creating a Common Vision Summit.


Join Us for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

April 30, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

In recognition of all children and their families who struggle with mental health issues, Delaware Family Voices is hosting an awareness event this Thursday, May 8th at Bellevue State Park.

Childrens Mental Health Awareness

Our purpose is to spread awareness and to provide support for families with children experiencing any type of severe emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs.

So join us on May 8th as we put the spotlight on children’s mental health issues. Come on down to Bellevue State Park for an afternoon of fun activities and informative discussions.

Spotlight on Bullying

Delaware Family Voices is taking on the subject of bullying. During the event, listen to speakers tackle this issue, providing valuable information on how parents can best help their children deal with bullying.

Stop Bullying

Bullying, whether at home, school, or in the community, can have devastating effects on the mental health of children and teens. Our goal is to provide parents and their children with the opportunity to learn more about how to effectively fight back against bullying, as well as provide a safe avenue to ask your most pressing questions about bullying.

Other Discussion Opportunities

A representative from the State Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services will also be on hand to discuss suicide prevention.

Additionally, the event will include other therapy and behavioral health agencies, ready to provide families with the information they need to help their children with mental health concerns.

Fun For The Whole Family!

Bring the kids! While parents listen and discuss their questions and concerns about children’s mental health issues, the kids will be entertained with fun activities and snacks.

Paws for PeopleChildren’s activities will include:

  • Reading books to therapy dogs from Paws for People
  • Art activity station to create their own “masterpiece”
  • Learning relaxation techniques from a trained mental health therapist

The event also provides parents the opportunity to talk with mental health care suppliers. Gather information about therapy options and health related services available in Delaware.

Supporting Children’s Mental Health Issues

We hope to see you at this ground breaking event. Event details are:

Date: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Where: Bellevue State Park, Pavillion #2

When: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

RSVP: Wanda Ford at (302) 669-3034, or at snf@defv.org

NOTE: Bellevue State Park charges a $3.00/car admission fee. Delaware Family Voices will pay the admission fee for the first 50 families to RSVP.

The event is Rain or Shine! See you on May 8th!

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014

 

Link – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Flyer


Medicaid Managed Care and Mental Health 2014 Call Schedule

February 3, 2014

Do you have questions or concerns regarding your Delaware Medicaid Managed Care or Mental Health Care organization? Consider joining Delaware Family Voices, other families, and a wide variety of Delaware health care professionals in our monthly Medicaid Managed Care and Mental Health conference calls.

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These parent run conversations provide you the opportunity to ask questions, air grievances, or simply listen and learn. Our non-adversarial discussions are designed to help resolve your medicaid health care and mental health questions and concerns

The 2014 Medicaid Call Schedule

Calls are held the second Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, EST, with the focus rotating monthly between Medicaid Managed Care and Mental Health coverage.

Medicaid Managed Care Call Schedule

Medicaid Managed Care calls address questions and concerns of families of children and youth with special health care needs who receive Medicaid Managed Care benefits. Families and representatives from Medicaid, Delaware Physicians Care Inc., United Healthcare and other agencies participate in these calls. The 2014 call dates are:

February 11th
April 8th
June 10th
August 12th
October 14th
December 9th

Medicaid Mental Health Care Call Schedule

Medicaid Mental Health calls address questions and concerns of families with children and youth who have mental health and behavioral/emotional needs. Families and representatives from the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, Disability Law, Medicaid, Delaware Physicians Care Inc., United Healthcare and other agencies participate in these calls. The 2014 call dates are:

March 11th
May 13th
July 8th
September 9th
November 11th

Note: Do you have specific Medicaid questions, concerns or issues that you would like addressed during a call? If possible, please email Delaware Family Voices prior to the call. It will help us be better prepared to help you as well as ensure we have the necessary professionals available during that month’s call. Please place either ‘Medicaid Managed Care’ OR ‘Children’s Mental Health’ in the subject line of your email.

NOTE: Monthly calls are focused on either Medicaid Managed Care or Mental Health coverage, however you can ask your Medicaid question regardless of the monthly call focus.

How To Participate In a Call

Mental Health Panel Calls

All calls begin at 11:00 am EST and last until 1:00 pm. Calls may end earlier if all questions are answered.

To join a call, follow these dial-in instructions.

Dial 1-800-391-2548
Enter Participant Code: 53192759#

You should now be connected into the call.

For additional information, instructions on how to participate, or to be added to the call reminder list, contact Ann Phillips at annp@defv.orgor refer to the Medicaid Managed Care / Mental Health Calls Flyer.

Need Help Now?

Call us! You don’t need to wait for the Medicaid calls to voice your concerns or ask for assistance. Families are encouraged to call Delaware Family Voices whenever they have medical or mental health questions or concerns. Please call 302-669-3030 for immediate assistance.

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

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Delaware Family Voices Employment Opportunities

October 1, 2013

Are you the parent or guardian of a child with special needs? Do you have experience working in children’s mental health field? Are you searching for meaningful employment? Perhaps a job where your experiences bring benefit to those around you?

Delaware Family Voice

If so, then consider these two employment opportunities with Delaware Family Voices.

Delaware Family Voices Is Hiring!

We are currently seeking two individuals to fill the following positions:

Project Administrator

The Project Administrator position is part time with the hours determined at time of hire. The person who will best fit this job is someone who can manage multiple deadlines, meet assigned program goals and support office operations. This person will also need to be comfortable working and interacting on a daily basis with staff members as well as providers and families of children with disabilities.

Learn more about the Project Administrator position as well as how to apply for the position in the attached Project Administrator Job Description.

NOTE: Applicants for the Project Administrator position must be the parent or guardian of a child with special health care needs.

Project Coordinator, Statewide Family Network Project

The Project Coordinator position is part time with the hours determined at time of hire. The person who will best fit this job is someone who can help lead a statewide family movement and system transformation effort with families of children and youth who are at risk for or with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the requirements of the Statewide Family Network federal grant. This person will also need to be comfortable working and interacting on a daily basis with staff members as well as providers and families of children with mental health issues.

Learn more about the Project Coordinator position as well as how to apply for the position in the attached Project Coordinator Job Description.

NOTE: Applicants need to either be the  parent or guardian of a child with a special health care need or have prior work experience within the children’s mental health service field.

How To Apply For A Position

Interested in joining Delaware Family Voices in one of these jobs? Please send your resume along with a cover letter and two letters of recommendations to annp@defv.org or familysupport@defv.org. Make sure your cover letter briefly details whether you have a child with special needs and/or have worked in the children’s mental health services field.

Note: No phone calls please.

We look forward to meeting you!

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

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Join us! Federation of Families October Schedule

September 26, 2013

Finally – have your voice heard! Connect with other families experiencing similar mental, behavioral, and emotional issues and concerns. Empower yourself. Empower your family. Come to a Federation of Families October meeting.

Join the Federation of Families Movement!

The Delaware Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a family run organization that focuses on the issues facing children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, and their families.

Mental Health Support

Participating in your local Delaware Federation provides you the opportunity to be a part of change. Working together with other families, the Federation will strive to develop and implement policies, legislation, and funding mechanisms that are most important to children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.

Delaware Federation October Meetings

Mark your calendar! Become a part of the movement. Join other families with similar issues and needs at one of the following Delaware Federation of Families meetings:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Poly Tec School District Campus, Adult Education Center
823 Walnut Shade Road
Woodside DE 19980

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Delaware Family Voices
222 Philadelphia Pike, #11
Wilmington DE 19809

Monday, October 21, 2013

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Easter Seals Building
22317 DuPont Boulevard
Georgetown DE 19947-2153

RSVP’s are requested. Please call Delaware Family Voices with your RSVP as well as if you have any questions. Both Ann Phillips (annp@defv.org or 302-669-3031) and Peggy Prygon (peggy@defv.org or 302-669-3032) are available to answer your questions.

For additional information, refer to the October meetings flyer.

Who Is The Federation of Families?

You are! The National Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health is a family-run organization with chapters throughout the United State. Their primary focus is on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs, and the families who care for these children.

Learn more about Federation of Families and the Delaware efforts at Federation of Families is Coming to Delaware.

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We look forward to seeing you at a Federation of Families meeting. Please contact Ann or Peggy if you have any questions.

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

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Seeking Volunteers For September 16th!

September 10, 2013

Hey Families!

What are you doing on Monday, September 16th?

Delaware Family Voices is looking for volunteers to help us out at our upcoming conference, Creating a Common Vision for Children’s Mental Health. The conference runs from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. You don’t need to be there the full time. Just let us know what time you can help and we will work with you.

Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to connect with other families and professionals with a common bond of helping our children with mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues.

Volunteer Opportunity

Let us know if you are interested. Give Erica a call at (302) 669-3033 or email her at p2p@defv.org to find out more details about this volunteer opportunity. Child care reimbursement is available.

So come on out, give us a helping hand, and connect with other families and professionals.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, whether you are attending as a volunteer, as a registered participant, or both!

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Creating A Common Vision For Children’s Mental Health

Conference details:

Monday, September 16th
9:00am to 2:00pm
The Embassy Suites, Neward DE

Learn more about the Creating A Common Vision for Children’s Health Conference.

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

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