|From the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
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|Since 1986, the Innovations in American Government Awards has recognized over 400 public sector initiatives that forward innovative practices that benefit citizens.|
|Chosen from an initial pool of nearly 700 applicants, the National Selection Committee used the following criteria to determine the 2009 Innovations winners:
|Wraparound Milwaukee Achievements|
|The program has achieved notable results over its 14-year history and reports significant cost-savings.
“Wraparound Milwaukee makes the seemingly impossible, possible,” said Bruce Kamradt, director, Children’s Mental Health Services, Milwaukee County and director, Wraparound Milwaukee. “The program integrates services and funding across child serving systems to achieve the best possible outcomes for children with serious emotional and mental health needs. Through its very individualized, strength-based, comprehensive services and focus on family involvement , Wraparound demonstrates that even children with the most complex needs can be effectively and safely cared for in their homes instead of institutions.”
“Wraparound Milwaukee’s care model breaks through rigid program silos and delivers cost effective and higher quality care that involves families from day one,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government program at Harvard Kennedy School. “The program champions a unique approach to care where one size doesn’t fit all. In honoring Wraparound, we hope other states will learn from the program’s innovation and adopt similar practices to ensure improved care of at risk youth.”
In accepting the award, Bruce Kamradt acknowledged that the program’s success would not be possible without the full participation of families enrolled in the program combined with the dedication and committment of the Care Coordinators who work with the families. He also acknowledged the strong partnership with the Bureau of MIlwaukee Child Welfare, Delinquency and Court Services, the Wisconsin Department of Health, Families United of Milwaukee (providing Family Advocacy) and more than 200 community agencies that provide behavioral health and family support services as key components to the program’s success.
|2010 Visionaries Documentary Series Listing||In addition to receiving a grant to share its innovative practices for individualizing the treatment of youth through family involvement and a unified set of services, as one of the six government initiatives honored as Innovations in American Government 2009 Award winners, Wraparound Milwaukee is featured in the 2010 Visionaries video, a PBS-produced documentary highlighting all six award winners.PBS “Visionaries” Episode with Wraparound Milwaukee|