Orange County provides the leadership for Wraparound Orange, a federally supported project comprised of a community collaborative of partner agencies contracted to provide wraparound services to children, adolescents and young adults. Wraparound is a nationally recognized model, provides intensive care coordination and management for children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing a behavioral/emotional/mental health and/or substance abuse disorder and their families. Wraparound Orange provides services to those ages 0-21 and is effective in keeping children, adolescents and young adults in their home, school and community. For more information, visit wraparoundorange.net
Additionally, Wraparound Orange contracts with Devereux, Florida, to provide mobile crisis services within our community. The service is for available for children/youth, ages 0-17 who need immediate assistance because they are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Anyone can call and request the service and there is no cost to families. Services can be accessed via the Heart of Florida United Way helpline by dialing “211”.
In 2015, Wraparound Orange launched a campaign aimed to reduce the stigma often times associated with asking for help. The purpose of the “This Is My Story” campaign was to create a community conversation for teens and young adults, allowing them to share their personal experiences with mental health. “This is My Story” is a traveling story-board exhibit and is displayed at events on various college campuses and other community venues where young adults gather. The exhibit encourages participants to share personal experiences or read about how mental illness has affected others. Through the experience, teens and young adults have the opportunity to learn how others may have similar feelings and that it is OK to get help. The online storyboard can be found at thisismystory.us.