Saskatchewan. moving forward with work on the Youth Integrated Services Program

The Government of Saskatchewan is looking for a partner to help youth in need in the province.

The government has issued a request for proposals in hopes of finding an organization to develop a province-wide model of integrated youth services.

According to a press release, “Integrated Youth Services is a national and international movement to transform the way youth, youth and their families find and access the resources, services and supports they need.

Help is available in the areas of mental health, addictions, peer support, primary care, education, employment and training, and social and community services.

“We want to make it easier and simpler for our young people to access the supports and services they need so they have every chance to meet challenges head on,” Everett Hindley, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Elders and Rural and Remote Health, said in the release.

“We are coordinating our efforts across government and with community partners to ensure they can do this easily and seamlessly.

The Ministries of Health and Education are spearheading the initiative, to which the government has pledged $2 million. Social services, justice, corrections, police and public safety, and higher education are also involved.

The government said it was initially considering establishing up to three “one-stop shops” across the province that would offer services aimed at young people and focused on prevention and early intervention.

The release noted that locations have yet to be determined. Other sites may be added in the future.

More information on integrated services for young people is available here.

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