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How does “high fidelity” wraparound differ from the wraparound services currently being provided and what role will it serve for FFPS program implementation?

Wraparound is a strengths-based planning process put into place to address serious mental health or behavioral challenges involving children. High-Fidelity Wraparound refers to adherence to all four phases and all ten principles of Wraparound, and is defined as full alignment with the California Wraparound standards, as outlined in ACIN I-52-15.

Wraparound used by child welfare and probation agencies should always be delivered to a High-Fidelity standard to maximize the possible positive outcomes of a prevention and/or intervention plan. Wraparound is not yet Title IV-E reimbursable through the state’s Prevention Plan, however, inclusion of wraparound in the CPP will allow counties to use FFPS State Block Grant funds.

For more information, please see ACL 21-116 (September 30, 2021) and the California Wraparound Standards Toolkit. The FFPSA Part IV FAQs and email inbox are also available for inquiry.