Mental Health

The following highlights recent or ongoing work

Integrated Hubs

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:

  • They respond to community needs, they are led by communities, and they receive support from pre-existing relationships among services providers.
  • Youth are co-producers in the development, engagement, and implementation.
  • There is an integration of primary care into mental healthcare.
  • Stepped mental healthcare is a core service provided.
  • They focus on supporting transitions for youth.

For more information about Integrated Hubs please see this Environmental Scan.

Project Background

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.

Project Components

Next Steps

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 or Naomi Parker, Director of Projects, at


2nd Call for Applications

If you are a community interested in being supported in the process of implementing an Integrated Hub, please apply for one of two funding opportunities here.

To learn more about the 2nd call for applications, please access the following webinar that was hosted on December 5, 2018.