Integrated Hubs Project

The Integrated Hubs Project

The Integrated Hubs project aims to minimize the service gap between child and adult services by providing a youth-oriented ‘one-stop-shop’ for youth to access mental health care as early as possible.

The Integrated Hubs project will use a co-located, collaborative and integrated care model to improve service access and reduce the personal and public health costs of untreated youth mental health concerns. As these Integrated Hubs are community-based, they will be flexible and adaptable to each community’s social, cultural, and health needs.

It is recognized that each Integrated Hub will be unique based on the context within which it exists and the relationships that form. As a result, the services in each Integrated Hub will be different in scope and the ways in which they evolve during this application process; however, to ensure a level of provincial consistency, critical elements for the Integrated Hubs have been identified. The Integrated Hubs must knit together existing applicable services in the community in a youth-oriented and accessible physical space. These services must include mental health supports as the core component and other services as deemed appropriate by the community. Services at the Integrated Hubs must be developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and available for youth ages 11-24. The Integrated Hubs must be designed with youth and families to reflect their needs and preferences. Beyond these elements, the Integrated Hubs are expected to have their own look and feel as they evolve to meet the needs of the community.

PolicyWise for Children & Families (PolicyWise) has been contracted to assist in the implementation of 2-4 Integrated Hubs in small to medium population centres in Alberta. These hubs will use leading practices informed by an environmental scan conducted by PolicyWise which consisted of a literature review and interviews with comparable youth mental health hub practitioners across Canada and internationally.

Eligibility

The Integrated Hubs project is open to community-based organizations that are:

  • Willing and able to lead like-minded agencies in their community to integrate together existing applicable services.
  • Willing and able to adapt services to be appropriate for youth aged 11-24.
  • Located in a small to medium population centre (defined as a community) with a population between 1,000 and 99,999 (Statistics Canada, 2017).
  • Able to commit to the extended application process from now until Spring 2018.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Stage 1

EOI Application Form Information Session (Webinar): November 3, 2017 9:00 AM MST. Register by emailing Naomi Parker, nparker@policywise.com
Submission Deadline: November 17, 2017 4:00 PM MST
Submission Review: December 2017
Notification of Application Status: Mid-January 2018

 

Application Process

The application process is made up of two stages:

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

Stage 2: Implementation Plan

Below is a brief description of the EOI Application process.

The EOI application is intended to act as an exploratory document to determine preliminary community readiness and interest in offering an Integrated Hub. An information session (webinar) with opportunity for questions and answers will be hosted for all interested organizations. After the EOI application deadline, a panel will review all submissions and select applicants will be invited to participate in Stage 2: Implementation Plan.

The EOI application sets the foundation for Stage 2 which will require detailed operational and service descriptions. Below each heading in the EOI application is a textbox which includes bullets describing what the purpose of each section. While this serves as a guide for the EOI Application Form completion, it is by no means exhaustive or meant to limit the detail provided.

Click here to download the Information Package.

Click here to download the Application Form.

EOI Application Review

The completed EOI application form should provide the review panel sufficient detail to confidently assess the:

  • need for an Integrated Hub;
  • organization’s ability, experience and expertise in service delivery and working with partners; and
  • readiness to move forward with implementation.

PolicyWise’ pre-existing review process will be used to evaluate applications submitted for this competition. This includes an external review panel, using criteria scored on a 9-point scale, where 0 is poor and 8 is exceptional. Only applications with an average weighted score of 75% or higher will be considered for continuation to Stage 2: Implementation Plan. A ranked list of applications will be provided to the Project Team for final selection based on quality and distribution across geographic locations. The decisions of the review panel and Project Team are final. Appendix C of the Information Package contains information about the review criteria.

Project Background

The Valuing Mental Health: Report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee 2015 (Committee’s Report) was accepted and released publicly by the Government of Alberta in February 2016. Developed by a committee led by MLA Dr. David Swann, the Committee’s Report calls for a transformation of Alberta’s addiction and mental health system by identifying 32 recommendations towards:

  • becoming more person-centred;
  • promoting positive mental health;
  • focusing on early intervention;
  • treating mental illness as a chronic disease;
  • strengthening the role of primary health care; and
  • collaborating with other sectors to become more coordinated, integrated.

The subsequent Valuing Mental Health: Next Steps (2017) document outlines the actions that will be taken by Alberta Health and partners to meet the recommendations of the Committee’s Report. Action 1 is of specific interest to this EOI.

Contact for EOI Application Process

Applicants should fully review the EOI Information Package and supporting appendices for further details.

If you have any questions, please contact: Naomi Parker, Project Manager, at nparker@policywise.com.