Sibling Support Demonstration Project

The Sibling Support Demonstration Project was developed at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center of UMass Medical School and is currently being piloted at Cambridge Health Alliance. This family-centered, mental health care initiative supports families of children with mental health needs.

The goals of the project are:

  • to increase sibling resiliency and mitigate the trauma commonly experienced by siblings of children and adolescents during psychiatric hospitalization
  • to build skills, competency and confidence among parents
  • to help restore family stability once the hospitalized patient returns home, and minimize chances of future psychiatric hospitalizations
  • to build capacity among medical practitioners, thereby influencing the delivery of mental health care in hospital settings.