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Integrated Youth Services

The Government of Saskatchewan is investing $3.4 million in 2022-23 to support the continued 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 Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership has created the IYS for social 2021 Saskatchewan video.

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 partnering organizations will be identified in 2022-23. 

4) What will IYS look like in Saskatchewan?

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) Who will lead Integrated Youth Services in Saskatchewan?

In many other jurisdictions, Integrated Youth Services is led by a central organization commonly referred to as a "Backbone," which 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:

  • 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.

The Government of Saskatchewan is currently engaging with community-based organizations to determine how best to proceed with implementing a provincial model for Integrated Youth Services.

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

Co-design with youth, caregivers and other key stakeholders 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.

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

The process for identifying communities as well as partnering organizations for each IYS site is under development. An assessment of community need and readiness, as well as organizational capacity, partnerships, experiences with co-design and meaningful engagement, and ability to deliver core services and supports with fidelity to the provincial IYS model will be considered.

8) What will the provincial funding be used for?

In 2022-23, $3.4 million in provincial funding will support implementation of the Integrated Youth Services model, including operational funding for the Integrated Youth Services sites.

9) 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

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