Wraparound Milwaukee Case Studies|
Michael, a 15-year-old Hispanic, was referred to Wraparound Milwaukee as the result of delinquency charges of party to a crime and attempted arson of a school building. As a result of the charges, Michael was expelled from a Milwaukee public school, and the Probation Department was ready to recommend residential treatment.
Michael is cognitively delayed and has received special education services. At one point, he had a substance abuse problem and was diagnosed with depression.
Michael's Child and Family Team included his mother, grandmother, a mentor, a teacher, a probation worker, and an alcoholism treatment counselor. The team worked on Michael's identified academic needs. They learned that he had poor vision, which contributed to his school problems. Michael enrolled in a specialized learning center to develop his academic skills. Initial testing by the learning center revealed that Michael tested at only a first- and second-grade level in English, mathematics, and reading. After 4 months, he improved his academic performance by two grades.
Michael's mentor introduced him to recreational and other activities and became a positive role model and father figure. Michael's grandmother provided respite care to Michael's mother once a week. Informal service providers included the Council for the Spanish Speaking, which provides substance abuse counseling, and Milwaukee Christian Center and Journey House, which offers neighborhood recreation activities.
After 1 year in Wraparound, Michael has been readmitted to his Milwaukee public school as a freshman and placed in a special education program. He now tests at a fifth- and sixth-grade level in English, mathematics, and readingan extraordinary improvement. Michael has had no further delinquencies.
Anthony, a 15-year-old African American, originally was placed in Wraparound Milwaukee because of multiple counts of criminal damage to property. He was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and major depression. Anthony's family strengths included his parents' desire to keep him at home, the number of aunts and uncles who were interested in being resources for him in times of family stress, and his family's motivation for change. Anthony's personal strengths included his outgoing nature, affection for his siblings, desire to find a job, and love for his parents.
His Child and Family Team included his mother, stepfather, aunt, a sibling, an in-home therapist, a probation worker, a volunteer mentor, and his care coordinator. Formal services he received through Wraparound included in-home treatment, day treatment, mentoring, and job coaching. Anthony's aunt provided informal servicesAnthony would stay with her during some of his crisis periods.
Anthony has been in Wraparound for 2 years. He has had no further law violations and has been an honor student in the alternative school program. He is returning to a Milwaukee public high school. He is also working with an employment agency in the provider network to obtain a part-time job.