The Community-Based Wraparound Services Program, more commonly referred to as the WRAP program, is the largest collection of services within the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program’s (SCYAP’s) Community-Based Service.
WRAP services are therapeutic activities and treatment interventions provided to youth with behavioral health and other special needs. Services are implemented within the youth’s or family’s home or community and are facilitated by an assigned SCYAP Wrap Advocate who provides one-on-one services to the youth and/or to the family with support, supervision and guidance from SCYAP staff.
Youth with mental health needs, and particularly those at risk of removal from their homes, along with their families, have many special needs. The specific combination of services provided to a youth and/or family is dependent upon their individual needs and circumstances.
All WRAP services are available on a statewide basis and include:
Behavior Modification (BMOD)
The purpose of Behavior Modification Services is to provide the youth with redirection and modeling of appropriate behaviors in order to enhance his or her functioning within the home or community with the goal of altering behavior that is inappropriate or undesirable. BMOD interventions are designed to optimize emotional and behavioral functioning in the youth’s natural environment through the application of clinically planned techniques that promote the development of healthy coping skills, adaptive interactions with others, and appropriate responses to environmental stimuli. Interventions are planned in such a way that they are constantly supporting, guiding, and reinforcing the youth’s ability to learn life skills. Inappropriate and/or undesirable behaviors are identified, targeted, stopped and/or redirected. BMOD includes the observation of events and precipitating factors that occur before an inappropriate and/or undesirable behavior is exhibited by the youth, stopping and/or redirecting that behavior, and teaching a replacement behavior which is more appropriate and strengthened through modeling, shaping and practice.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PRS)
The purpose of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PRS) is assist the youth in the restoration or strengthening of skills needed to promote and sustain independence and stability in their living, learning, social, and/or working environments. RPS is a form of skill building support and includes activities that are necessary to improve the quality of life for youth by assisting them to assume responsibility over their lives, strengthen skills, and develop environmental supports, all of which are necessary for the youth to function as actively and independently in the community as possible.
Skill development areas include (but are not limited to)
Basic Living Skills Development – coaching and encouraging the youth to participate in activities that enhance his or her basic living skills.
Interpersonal Skills Training – directing and promoting the youth’s self-management, socialization, communication skills, and cognitive functioning.
Therapeutic Socialization – teaching the youth the necessary skills to appropriately perform activities that sustain independence.
Youth Empowerment – promoting and enhancing the youth’s development of basic decision making and problem solving skills
Family Support Services (FS)
The purpose of Family Support Services (FS) is to enable the family or caregiver (parent, guardian, custodian or person(s) serving in a caregiver role) to serve as a knowledgeable member of the youth’s treatment team and to develop and/or improve the ability of the family or caregiver to appropriately care for the youth. This service includes providing guidance to the family or caregiver on navigating systems that support youth with behavioral health or other special needs, and fostering empowerment of the family or caregiver through supportive guidance, encouragement and modeling.
Family Support is intended to:
Equip families with coping skills to counteract the stress of dealing with the youth’s behavioral health and/or other special needs;
Teach families to deal with a crisis situation;
Teach families to coordinate effectively with other community service provider(s);
Provide families with the knowledge and that will allow them to be an integral and active part of the youth’s treatment team;
Teach families to advocate effectively for the youth;
Alleviate the burden of stigma that families with youth who have behavioral health or other special needs often experience; and
Reduce family isolation by connecting them with behavioral health advocacy and support networks.