Aire ouverte is the network of Integrated Youth Services for the province of Québec. It offers resources, services and supports for young people aged 12 to 25.
The network is part of a larger transformation taking place within the mental health and addiction system in Québec fostering a continuum of care and services for youth. The services offered at Aire ouverte sites are adapted to the specific needs of young people and provide a variety of health and social services, including mental health, sexual health, vocational support and other related services. The deep involvement of youth and families at every stage of the process is at the heart of the initiative.
The network is a partnership between and is jointly funded by the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services (Ministre de santé et services sociaux (MSSS)), the Québec Fund for Health Research (FRQS) and GBF. The program is being developed and implemented by a project management team that is located within the MSSS. Three initial implementation sites in Laval, Montreal North and Côte-Nord were chosen through a provincial call for proposals and by an independent selection panel to demonstrate the model. These sites are intended to provide lessons to inform the scaling up of the model across the province. Four additional sites in Montérégie, the Eastern Townships, Saguenay and Gaspé have been announced and there are plans for further expansion.