Originally developed by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of people with mental health challenges, WRAP® stands for Wellness, Recovery, Action, Plan and is a structured self-management and recovery system. WRAP,® utilized in formal and informal recovery programs across the United States and around the world, is recognized as an Evidence Based Practice in the field of mental health recovery.
With the support of the Florida Department of Children and Families, WRAP® trainings began in 2006 in Miami-Dade County. As a result, The Fresh Start Consumer Network (2007) and The Fresh Start Statewide Consumer Network (2009) were developed founded on the principles of recovery and the empowerment that WRAP® upholds.
WRAP® has been offered to consumers, families and behavioral health stakeholders in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier and Broward counties as well as in Orlando and Tampa. Approximately 1,500 people have attended WRAP® and WRAP® facilitation trainings in Florida. WRAP® is designed to help consumers and professionals shift out of a “chronic illness” mindset, into a wellness philosophy that supports recovery for everyone.
WRAP® provides a structured approach to assist people with mental illnesses in managing their symptoms. Individuals trained in WRAP® are taught to identify both internal and external resources for facilitating recovery and to use in creating a plan for successful living. WRAP also helps people to identify early warning signs of potential crisis, and encourages the development of a crisis plan (similar to a psychiatric advanced directive) and a post-crisis recovery plan. Research consistently demonstrates that WRAP® has made significant improvements in symptom reduction and psychosocial areas associated with recovery.
WRAP® is based on the five key concepts of recovery: hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy and support. It is a self determined approach and individuals develop their own WRAP® plan based on their own unique life experience, hopes and desires. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used effectively as a compliment to any other treatment options. WRAP® can help a person get well and stay well.
For more information regarding how WRAP has been implemented in Florida, please contact Cindy Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org
WRAP Facilitation training will be offered in Orlando January 27- 31. For more information: WRAP training