Helping Families In Crisis
Care is core to every service we deliver and everything we do at Magellan Health. Through our work, we are listening, learning and using our collective insight to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Wyoming’s High Fidelity Wraparound program is just one of many examples where Magellan team members, who have lived through similar experiences, are returning the favor and providing the care and concern they consider themselves fortunate to have also personally received.
High Fidelity Wraparound is a voluntary planning and care coordination process for children and young adults (ages 4-20) with complex behavioral health conditions. High Fidelity Wraparound’s community-based solutions and planning process bring people together from different areas of a family’s life to form a team. The team, led by a Family Care Coordinator, creates steps to help youth stay in their homes, schools and communities.
Through collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Health, Division of Healthcare Financing (Medicaid), Magellan serves as the Care Management Entity for the High Fidelity Wraparound program, setting the rules and providing training for everyone involved in the process.
One of Magellan’s certified Family Care Coordinators, a person responsible for managing a High Fidelity Wraparound team, recalls the story of a recent family she worked with. “In December, the family’s generator went out and without power they had to leave their home. As a result, the family had to move which was highly disruptive and caused a lot of tension within the family as their culture is centered on independence. In addition, it was upsetting to a young member of the family as the unfamiliar environment became very troubling.”
Living away from home negatively impacted progress the youth was making before having to move. Relationships were being affected and everything for this youth became more difficult. The family requested help to get back to their property through Magellan of Wyoming. Their Family Care Coordinator said, “When we found out our flex funds were approved to help get them home, [mom] cried and I did as well. This family finally felt hope, and there could now be a clear plan to help them move back home.”
Tammy Cooley, senior operations director at Magellan Healthcare of Wyoming, said, “We are honored to provide a means for a family to get back to their home, and keep their youth with them. Sometimes, we see families in situations where youth cannot remain at home. When we can fill a need and keep a youth safely at home because it’s the right thing to do, we will do that. The work we do, at the very core, is about the success of youth and families being able to meet their needs in positive ways.”