February 6 2017

Another major transformation in youth mental health is taking place in New Brunswick. We are delighted that the province has recently been recognized for their transformational efforts, as the bronze medal recipient of the national 2016 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award. Their work has focused on the creation of a Network of Excellence (a province-wide approach to child and youth mental health) and the implementation of an Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) model. At its core, ISD brings together services from Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, Public Health, and Justice and Public Safety in an effort to provide integrated mental health, addiction, social and emotional support, and other services to children and youth. Through the use of multi-disciplinary, early intervention teams (often based in schools), and stepped care models, the province is striving to ensure that the right care is provided at the right time and in the right way across the mental health continuum of care. The approach has been so successful that the province plans to scale ISD across the province by the end of 2017.

ISD is also working with ACCESS OPEN Minds NB, one of the twelve sites in the ACCESS Open Minds pan-Canadian research project funded by GBF and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). ACCESS NB is helping to integrate not-for-profit, community-based services into the province-wide strategy.