The Central Massachusetts Partnership (CMP) for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs brings together parents and professionals to improve systems of care. Its mission is to facilitate family-centered and coordinated care through education, awareness, and community partnership. The CMP was established in 2004 within UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center and is supported by UMass Medical School. In 2005 it released Family Reflections: A Thought-Provoking Guide to Getting Help for Children & Youth with Special Needs. Currently, the CMP is a partner in the Central Massachusetts Respite Project (CMRP).
View or download a brochure or presentation slides about the CMP. Learn more about its projects below.
The Central Massachusetts Respite Project (CMRP)
Through a grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, awarded December 2007, the CMRP represents a collaboration between Seven Hills Foundation, UMASS Memorial Children's Medical Center, and Quinsigamond Community College.
The objective of this project is to provide much needed respite services to eligible families in the Central Region, while expanding the opportunities for �hands-on� training for college students enrolled in corresponding fields of study. The long-term goal is to increase the numbers of trained respite providers for work in a field that has a huge demand with few available workers.
The pilot project has been completed, and year one of this grant is underway, with 6 student interns and 18 families participating.
View or download a flyer or presentation slides about the Central Massachusetts Respite Project (CMRP).
Family Reflections: A Thought-Provoking Guide to Getting Help for Children & Youth with Special Needs
Central Massachusetts Partnership, 2005
Designed to supplement traditional resource guides or directories, Family
Reflections is built around a series of family stories that ask, "Which resources are most important to a particular child, and to a particular family, for optimal functioning?"
Children in the stories range from infancy to early adulthood and have a variety of medical, developmental, educational, and emotional/behavioral needs. Parents’ questions and concerns are extracted
and matched with specific resources in the community.
Also included are well-visit guidelines, advocacy tips, advice on
navigating the system of services, and articles on transition for every stage of growth.
View or download Family Reflections.