In 2017, the Albertan government announced funding for integrated service delivery hubs to address mental health needs of youth across Alberta. PolicyWise for Children & Families (PolicyWise) was then contracted to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of the integrated service delivery hubs. Parameters of the integrated service delivery hubs includes an emphasis on: small to medium population centres, shifting existing community resources to create locally-led solutions to better meet addiction and mental health needs of youth ages 11-24; integrated service delivery across health and social sectors; and authentic engagement of youth and their families.
The integrated service delivery hubs are defined as a service delivery entity that connects multiple, cross-sectoral community partners to increase access to mental health supports for youth ages 11-24. PolicyWise is working with 13 different communities, which includes three Indigenous communities and one Indigenous land base, spanning a geographic area of over 660,000 km2.
The overarching goal for integrated service delivery hubs is to: enhance youth engagement and empowerment in their care; promote early identification and intervention of mental health concerns; and improve service coordination and integration.
Below are documents that outline the Alberta approach for integrated service delivery hubs, a continuum of collaboration, lessons learned, the evaluation framework, and implementation framework used to implement integrated service delivery hubs.