What is WRAP Without Walls?

The Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis (WRAP) Without Walls (WWW) Program is a new clinical program targeted towards adolescents and young adults with frequent substance use and psychosis symptoms. WWW is made up of a multidisciplinary team providing community-based services including individual therapy, family psychoeducation, medication management, peer support, advocacy, and patient navigation. Our model for WWW is an adaptation of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. WRAP Without Walls is led by psychosis and substance use disorder experts who are leaders of specialized programs at BMC.

 

In addition to all the services outlined in the WRAP Services tab, WRAP Without Walls includes the following: 

  • Peer Support Specialist:  Peer specialists will provide support to individuals by using their own lived experience with psychosis to help others. Each specialist and patient relationship is unique and allows the chance to connect with someone outside of the doctor, NP, or therapist. Peer specialists and individuals can meet at the hospital, or somewhere in the community.
  • Family Psychoeducation: We work with individuals and their families to provide education about illness, teach strategies to decrease stress, improve communication, and problem solve. We collaborate with families and individuals to help with recovery.
  • Patient Navigation: The Patient Navigator helps patients, families, and caregivers navigate the many systems encountered during their mental health treatment in the WRAP and WWW programs. The Patient Navigator provides culturally appropriate psychoeducation and outreach to patients and families/caregivers, assists with interactions in the community, including transportation systems, school system and community agencies. Meets with patients and families in the community as needed.
  • Assertive Community Treatment: Our adaptation of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) supports patients outside of the hospital setting and provides community based psychosis and substance use treatment. The multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive and collaborative care through a small patient to staff ratio. ACT allows staff to meet individuals where they are in the community, be it their homes or school, to limit barriers to care. 

 

Meet the WWW Team:

Anne Berrigan, LICSW, Program Manager

Anne is LICSW with experience working as an in-home family therapist and as a clinician in a residential treatment setting for individuals living with psychosis spectrum symptoms. A firm believer in the power of person-centered growth and change, Anne is interested in cognitive behavioral therapies that incorporate acceptance and mindfulness into behavioral health practice. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, yoga, and tango.

Danny Chen, MSN, Psychiatric Mental-health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Danny Chen is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the WRAP program. Prior to joining the WRAP team he spent ten years working at Arbour Hospital in various roles including as Charge Nurse on an inpatient unit treating primarily psychosis and mood disorders. He has experience working with psychotic symptoms of varying severity from first episode to chronic mental illness. He currently provides medication management for the WRAP program. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the green spaces and many parks around Boston.

Christian Wulff, MSW, Therapist

Christian Wulff is a therapist on the WWW team. He received his MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. Previous to BMC, he worked in community mental health & substance-use in Seattle, Washington, and inpatient care in Brattleboro, Vermont. He practices from a foundation of psychodynamic psychotherapy and liberation health, strengthened by CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing technique. He is proud to support BMC’s housing-first policy and all policies that will us move beyond the realm of need. Outside of work he likes to swim, play soccer, and engage in local politics.

Jenny Lancet, CPS, Peer Specialist

Jenny Lancet is a Peer Support Specialist with the BOAT Program at Boston Medical Center. She provides one-on-one support by assisting others in their own journeys of recovery through sharing her own experiences and promoting hope that recovery is possible. In her spare time she enjoys photographing the city.

Ellie Reagan, BS, Clinic Coordinator

Ellie Reagan is a clinic coordinator passionate about early and adaptable mental health interventions at the intersection of clinical work and research. She’s excited for a career focused on helping young adults experiencing early psychosis and limiting barriers to early care. In her free time you can find her cooking, crafting, or spending time with her pet rabbit.

Amy Yule, M.D., WRAP Without Walls Co-Director

Dr. Amy Yule is the Director of Adolescent Addiction Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. Her clinical work is focused on treating youth with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Yule's research focuses on examining interventions to prevent substance use disorders in youth with psychiatric disorders and treatment for co-occurring disorders.

Hannah Brown, M.D., WRAP Without Walls Co-Director

Dr. Hannah Brown is an adult psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center and is the Director of the Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis (WRAP) program. She currently treats patients with psychosis and has both clinical and research interests in first episode care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and running; she hopes to eventually train for a marathon again.

Emily Kline Ph.D, Director of Psychological Services

Dr. Emily Kline is the WRAP Program’s Director of Psychological Services. She treats WRAP patients and families and provides psychotherapy supervision to BMC trainees. Her treatment and supervision approach emphasizes CBT for psychosis, family communication, motivational interviewing, and spiritual and cultural humility. Dr. Kline’s research focuses on early course psychosis, young adult mental health, and parent-focused interventions. Outside of work she is usually spending time with her family, taking long walks around Boston, watching TV, or reading.

Abi Martin, Ph.D., Research Staff

Dr. Abi Martin is a psychology postdoctoral fellow and member of the WRAP Without Walls research team. Her research focuses on increasing access to services for adolescents and youth with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders. She has a particular interest in how substance use might affect first episode psychosis patients. Her clinical work is also focused on treating co-occurring disorders. 

 

 

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