Wraparound Maine Evaluation: Examination of Program Fidelity: Year One
In 2007, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), funded a multi-site project establishing a high-fidelity community based wraparound initiative in Maine. The project, commonly referred to as "Wraparound Maine", is considered an intensive level of care for youth with complex needs and is expected to serve as an alternative to residential treatment. The target population includes youth, ages 5-18, with serious emotional or behavioral disturbance who are either in residential care or at high-risk of such placement. The first Wraparound Maine family was enrolled in March 2007. Later that year, the University of Southern Maine (USM) was contracted to provide technical assistance to OCFS and conduct periodic process and outcome evaluations of the wraparound sites.
This report examines the process by which Wraparound Maine is delivering care to families to determine whether that process is consistent with national wraparound standards. These standards are generally described as the Ten Wraparound Principles.
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate
On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a Mandate document commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine Maine child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people.
The ceremony represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the Mandate.