What are community-based integrated service delivery hubs in Alberta?

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.

The 13 communities currently participating in the integrated service delivery hubs project are:

  • Airdrie
  • Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Bonnyville
  • Drayton Valley
  • Enoch Cree Nation
  • Fort McMurray
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Grande Prairie
  • Maskwacis Cultural College
  • Medicine Hat
  • Samson Cree Nation
  • Strathmore
  • Tri-Region

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.

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