Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)
What is WISE?
WISe is a voluntary service that takes a team approach to meeting youth's needs. It provides intensive mental health services to support youth and help families reach their goals!
Who is Eligible?
WISe is available to Medicaid eligible children/youth from birth to age 21 that meet Access to Care Standards (standards used by mental health agencies to get the right level of services to individuals).
The Focus of WISe
To provide intensive mental health services designed to assist youth and their family in achieving wellness, safety, and to strengthen relationships.
To develop an individualized care plan based on strengths and needs that respect your culture, values, norms and preferences. This plan is guides and driven using a team. Team members include family, friends, religious leaders, and professionals such as counselors, school teachers, CPS and probation officers.
To identify or provide resources and support to youth and their family.
To provide help during a time of crisis. You will have access to crisis services any time of the day, 365 days a year. You will receive service from individuals who know you and know your needs and circumstances. Whenever necessary, this includes face to face interventions at the location where the crisis occurs.
When Might It Be Helpful For Me To Access WISe?
You can refer your child for a WISe screen at any time. Parents can initiate treatment, but after age 13, a child must consent to services. You should consider referring your child for a WISe screening if he/she is:
- A frequent user of the crisis line or emergency rooms, due to concerns about your child's mental health.
- Experiencing hard to understand behaviors (such as running away or frequent arrests that are due to mental health) that are challenging to you, other caregivers, or therapist/clinician, and traditional services alone are not helping.
- Displaying an elevated risk of harm to themselves or others.
- In need of a more intensive and individualized approach to treatment.
- In need of a more flexible and engaging approach.
- Involved in multiple systemts (i.e., mental health, CPS, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities services, and/or substance use disorder treatment) and the system(s) are struggling to support your child together.
- In Special Education and/or has a 504 plan, with multiple school suspensions for mental health and/or behavioral health issues.
To make a referral to the WISe team please contact our office at 360-423-0203 for more information.