Integrated Care Management: new ways to improve the quality of family support

This project has not only looked into the problems of children born to parents suffering from mental illness, it has also produced practical recommendations on how to better include these children into the local support services on offer.

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" “Showing the way, building bridges” - this guiding principle of the project reflects the many levels of cooperation on offer for the benefit of the children and families affected: the cooperation between youth welfare and social psychiatry at local level, as well as the promotion of new alliances at regional level and beyond. Effective public relations, professional forums and publications help to highlight best practices and to lift the topic to a supra-regional dimension. "

Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Rothenburg, University of Applied Studies Emden/Leer

Managed by the local authorities and the University of Emden/Leer, the project started with the assumption that children born to parents suffering from mental illness do not get enough psychological support and care within the municipality of Emden. Data was collected and compared at local and national levels, which showed that both in Emden, and in Germany as a whole, one in four minors is affected.

Very often, poverty and difficulties in managing everyday problems such as contacting authorities and institutions add to the fragile health of the parents. Within the project, specific cases have been recorded and analysed. Socio-educational family aid, which is a legal right in Germany, has been thoroughly examined. To raise awareness, the issue has also been studied at university level, as well as in lectures and training courses for practitioners.

The project has provided an incentive to establish cross-departmental standards for the handling of such cases.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Integrated Care Management - New ways to improve the quality of family support in a regional context” is EUR 94 305, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 52 392 from the Operational Programme “Lower Saxony (excluding Lüneburg)” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

02/02/2016