Community-based Mental Health Service Hubs for Youth (Integrated Hubs) Hubs are considered as the integration of health and social services under one roof in a youth-friendly environment. They typically focus on prevention and early intervention and the provision of resources to help youth manage their concerns and navigate pathways to specialized services, as required. The majority of mental health concerns emerge before the age of 24 and current systems of care are split between child and adult services. Integrated Hubs are an emerging practice to address service access issues that youth experience.
Several overarching principles to guide the implementation and operation of Integrated Hubs exist. These include accessibility, safety, and youth engagement in the Integrated Hub. Integrated Hubs are most effective when:
For more information about Integrated Hubs please see this Environmental Scan.
The Valuing Mental Health: Next Steps was released June 2017 in response to Valuing Mental Health: Report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee 2015 and called for a transformation of Alberta’s addiction and mental health system to better integrate child and adult services in order to better serve the needs of youth.
PolicyWise for Children & Families has been contracted to create a framework that will support community-led implementation of Integrated Hubs in small to medium population centres in Alberta for youth ages 11-24. This framework and supports includes implementation considerations, and collaborative governance and coordination. It comprises developmental and summative evaluation approaches.
For more information about next steps, including ongoing support to communities interested in implementing an Integrated Hub, please contact Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Naomi Parker, Director of Projects, at email@example.com.