Integrated Youth Services (IYS) is a dynamic pan-Canadian and international movement that aims to build effective, youth-focused and integrated services for mental health, substance use and related issues. The Foundation does not view IYS as a particular model. Rather, we see it as defined by key principles that can be implemented in different models across jurisdictions and types of communities. The following are important principles that guide the Foundation’s work in IYS:

  • Youth and family participation in the design and implementation of services
  • Integration of services (mental health, primary care, addictions counselling, peer support, hospitals, education, social services, including housing, justice, employment) across service providers
  • Continuity of services for youth and young adults (e.g. 12 to 25 years) – this can include integration of child and adult services that focus on this age group
  • Clearly identified, easily accessible points of care in the community that provide rapid access to services – no service refusal, no referral needed, and access to high quality, youth-appropriate, culturally-relevant and evidence-informed mental health services (could be through integrated service hubs, safe spaces, schools, universities etc.)
  • Stepped care models – evidence-informed, appropriate levels of care, at the right time by the right provider to ensure efficient utilization of services
  • Incorporation of online portals and other technologies that facilitate alternative access to information and services
  • Strong research and evaluation to guide continuous quality improvement and measurement of the impact of the transformation of services

Many of the IYS projects in Canada focus on building models that integrate the following services:

  • Mental health services, including psychological services and counselling
  • Youth and family peer support
  • Substance use services
  • Primary care, including sexual health
  • Employment, education & training supports
  • Social services, including housing
  • A variety of recovery programs such as recreation, the arts, life skills etc.

These services aim to be culturally relevant and barrier-free.

Below is a map to demonstrate the growing momentum for Integrated Youth Services.

  • 17
    ACCESS Open Minds
  • 7
    Aire ouverte
  • 11
    Foundry
  • 10
    YWHO
  • IYS Provincial Projects Underway
  • IYS Provincial Projects in Development
Chatham-Kent
Parc-Extension
Dorval-Lachine
Mistissini
Puvirnituq
University of Alberta
Caraquet
Eskasoni
Ulukhaktok
Sturgeon Lake
Edmonton
St John
RIPAJ, Montreal
Elsipogtog
The Alex, Calgary
Aklavik
Sarnia
Laval
Montréal-Nord
Sept-Îles
Montérégie
Eastern Townships
Gaspésie
Saguenay
Victoria
Vancouver
Abbotsford
Prince George
Kelowna
Penticton
Campbell River
North Vancouver
Richmond
Ridge Meadows
Terrace
Toronto East
Chatham-Kent
Scarborough
Cornwall
Haliburton
Kenora
Malton
North Simcoe
Niagara
Central Toronto