Bruce Kamradt

Bruce Kamradt at the Commission's Wraparound Milwaukee briefing.

30 October 2015

Organisations charged with caring for vulnerable children in NSW were given the opportunity to hear about a unique model of care called Wraparound Milwaukee when the Mental Health Commission of NSW hosted the model's founder this month.

The Commission invited Bruce Kamradt, founder and former administrator of the US-originating model, to present to local organisations on how the service provides care for children with serious emotional, behavioural, and mental health needs and their families.

Kamradt explained Wraparound Milwaukee uses a ‘wraparound’ philosophy which focuses on strength-based, individualised care. It was introduced in 1995 and aims to reduce reliance on residential and inpatient treatment centres, focusing instead on services for children and their families in the community and the child’s home.

The system developed out of a US federal government funding model that called for more family inclusion in treatment programs along with collaboration among child welfare, education, juvenile justice and mental health organisations in the delivery of services.

Wraparound Milwaukee’s service delivery approach dovetails with the Strategic Plan for mental health reform in NSW, which emphasises increased utilisation of and funding for community-based mental health services.

The Sydney-based event on Monday 26 October was well attended by approximately 30 employees from local government and non-government organisations including the Department of Family and Community Services, the Ministry of Health, NSW Institute of Psychiatrists, Juvenile Justice, Headspace, Richmond RPA and more.

Bruce Kamradt has spent the last 29 years as a mental health director, 20 of those as the founder and administrator of Wraparound Milwaukee. He is also a consultant with the National Technical Assistance Center out of the University of Maryland, and works with the Alliance for Children and Families on several projects. He was visiting Australia courtesy of MacKillop Family Services.

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