In Pennsylvania, High Fidelity Wraparound Teams are created by the County Administrators in collaboration with their Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations. Once interest has been determined, the County Administrator should contact one of the following to discuss possible financing options and start-up plans:
Counties are responsible for the start-up costs of their HFW team.
A HFW team for 25 youth and their families includes a coach/supervisor, two facilitators, a family support partner, and a youth support partner. Depending on the county infrastructure needs, a team may cost between $300,000-400,000/year.
At this point, the interested county will begin to work with the Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI). The YFTI staff will provide technical assistance during every part of the process. Technical assistance includes webinars about the HFW model, how to hire staff (including job descriptions and the interview process), information about the training, coaching and credentialing process, and information about the evaluation process.
Once a county decides to create a HFW team, the county must decide who will hire the workforce. Some counties hire the staff within their Department of Human Services (DHS) and others select a provider(s), often through a competitive selection process. YFTI can provide samples of “Requests for Proposals” (RFPs) that have been successfully used by other counties.
Once the HFW workforce has been hired, the training, coaching, credentialing, and evaluation process begins.
The counties can begin HFW enrollments after day 2 of the Five Day Team Training.
All technical assistance and services provided by YFTI are provided free of charge to the counties/providers.