About FYSPRTs and WISe

About “Family Youth and System Partner Round Tables” (FYSPRTs)

The Washington State Family, Youth and System Partner Round Tables (FYSPRTs) provide a forum for families, youth, systems, and communities to strengthen sustainable resources by providing community-based approaches to address the individual behavioral health needs of children, youth and families. FYSPRTs were developed under the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Washington State System of Care (SOC) Expansion Project as a key component for ensuring behavioral health and other public child-, youth-, and family-serving systems in Washington State are coordinated and informed by input from multiple stakeholders.

Together, the FYSPRTs serve as an integral part of the Children’s Mental Health Governance Structure that was adopted within the T.R. et al. v. Kevin Quigley and Dorothy Teeter Settlement Agreement and informs and provides oversight for high-level policy-making, program planning, decision-making, and for the implementation of this Agreement, including the implementation of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe).

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WISe Principles

  • Family & Youth Voice & Choice
  • Team Based
  • Natural Supports
  • Collaboration
  • Home & Community Based
  • Culturally Relevant
  • Individualized
  • Strengths Based
  • Outcome Based
  • Unconditional

The History of WISe

Since 2014, Washington has been implementing Wraparound with Intensive Services, or “WISe,” around the state. WISe is designed to provide intensive mental health services to assist youth and families in achieving wellness, safety, and to strengthen communities. WISe uses a team-based approach to providing services, and is available to youth under age 21 who are eligible for the Medicaid program. The goal of WISe is for eligible youth to live and thrive in their homes and communities, as well as to avoid or reduce costly and disruptive out-of-home placements.

The implementation of WISe is targeted to be statewide by June 30, 2018. The purpose of this program is to assist in maintaining consistency across Washington State’s service-delivery system for providing intensive mental health services, in home and community settings, to Medicaid eligible youth who screen in for these services.

Family and Youth Perspective on WISe

Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) uses a team approach for families involved in multiple systems. There are many layers to the challenges families face when working in a system of care. These challenges are rarely isolated to one department or event. A system of care refers to different organizations and people, such as schools, mental health counselors, probation officers, faith organizations, etc., in which a family may be involved. These systems and people are meant to be helpful to individuals and society at large, but sometimes children, youth, and families involved with these systems need assistance to navigate them. This is where WISe can help.

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