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Integrated Youth Services

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $2 million in 2021-22 to support development and implementation of an Integrated Youth Services model for Saskatchewan.

Integrated Youth Services is a national and international movement, aimed at transforming how youth and their families find and access the resources, services and supports they need.

Integrated Youth Services offers a one-stop shop in the community, providing rapid access to quality, evidence-based, integrated and youth-targeted services and supports with a focus on prevention and early intervention.

Integrated Youth Services include a range of core services and supports, typically:

  • mental health and substance misuse services;
  • youth and family peer supports;
  • primary care;
  • education, employment and training supports;
  • social and community services; and
  • other services as identified by community need.

For a pan-Canadian perspective about integrated Youth Services, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, in partnership with Bell Canada, has created the IYS for social 2021 Saskatchewan video.

The Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement, has launched a Request for Proposals process, to establish a long-term partnership with an organization that will implement a provincial model for Integrated Youth Services.

To access the Request for Proposals, please visit SaskTenders.

Integrated Youth Services Information Session December 15, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is Integrated Youth Services (IYS)?

Integrated youth services is a national and international movement, aimed at reimagining and transforming how youth and their families find and access the resources, services and supports they need.

2) What is an Integrated Youth Services site?

Integrated Youth Services sites offer a one-stop shop in the community, providing rapid access to quality, evidence-based, integrated youth- and family-targeted services, and supports with a focus on prevention and early intervention.

3) How many Integrated Youth Services sites are being planned for Saskatchewan?

In Saskatchewan, Integrated Youth Services sites will be implemented in at least three communities. Communities and lead agencies to serve as accountable partners/operators will be identified through a provincial procurement process led by the Backbone Organization.

4) What will IYS look like in Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan's Integrated Youth Services model will include an administrative host, called a Backbone Organization, which will support the development and provide provincial oversight to a network of at least three Integrated Youth Services sites.

Integrated Youth Services sites will support youth and young people aged 11 to 25 and their caregivers by integrating and co-locating a range of youth-targeted services and supports in one location, including:

  • Mental health and substance misuse services;
  • Youth and family peer supports;
  • Primary care;
  • Education, employment and training supports;
  • Social and community services; and
  • Other services as identified by community need.

Services and supports will focus on prevention and early intervention, and will aim to reduce barriers to accessing services and connect youth with the right services, in the right place and at the right time.

Community partnerships and co-designing services with youth and caregivers are key components to Saskatchewan's Integrated Youth Services model.

5) What is the role of a Backbone Organization?

A Backbone Organization is dedicated to planning, developing, supporting implementation, and monitoring the development, implementation, operation and continuous improvement of a provincial Integrated Youth Services model. The Backbone Organization:

  • Supports the strategic direction of Integrated Youth Services in Saskatchewan;
  • Implements the overall vision;
  • Works with government to align policy priorities;
  • Unites sector partners for common goals/common client; and
  • Leads a network approach for identifying communities and lead agencies to operate service delivery sites, ensuring fidelity to the model.

6) Can the Backbone Organization be a Partnership?

There are several models that will be considered for the Backbone Organization, including a single organization, a consortium, or an administrative host for a body to operate as a Backbone.

7) What will be the process for selection of a Backbone Organization?

The procurement process for the Backbone Organization included an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to assess market interest. This occurred between December 15, 2021 and January 10, 2022. This is being followed by a province-wide Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

An RFP is now posted on SaskTenders. The Request for Proposals will remain open from January 19 to February 9, 2022. 

Questions about the RFP should be directed to rfxquestions@gov.sk.ca
Attention: Lianne Hopkie, RFP Reference No. 8278

8) How will youth and families be engaged within the IYS model?

Co-design with youth and caregivers at all stages of planning, development, implementation and service delivery is a key principle of IYS. Including the voices and experiences of youth, young adults and their families will help to ensure that the IYS model is achieving its goals -- services and supports co-designed with youth, for youth.

9) What will be the process for selection of communities and lead organizations to operate Integrated Youth Services sites?

Once established, the Backbone Organization will lead a provincial procurement process to identify communities as well as lead organizations to act as accountable partners for each IYS site. The Backbone Organization will assess community need and readiness, as well as organizational capacity, partnerships, experience with co-design and meaningful engagement, and ability to deliver services and supports, with fidelity to the provincial IYS model.

10) What will provincial funding be used for?

Funding from 2021-22 is being used to support provincial model development, establish a Backbone Organization and implementation planning and other start-up costs. On an ongoing basis, provincial funding will support the Backbone Organization's function, as well as operational funding for the Integrated Youth Services sites.

11) What if I have questions about Integrated Youth Services in Saskatchewan?

Inquiries can be directed to:

Crystal Nieviadomy
Integrated Youth Services Project Co-Lead
crystal.nieviadomy@health.gov.sk.ca

Tricia Wuschenny
Integrated Youth Services Project Co-Lead
tricia.wuschenny@gov.sk.ca

Questions about the Request for Proposals should be directed to rfxquestions@gov.sk.ca
Attention: Lianne Hopkie, RFP Reference No. 8278

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