The Improving Integrated Care for Youth Initiative (IICY)

Build. Learn. Share. Sustain. 

The Improving Integrated Care for Youth Initiative (IICY) was made possible thanks to the financial support of Health Canada and Frayme. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.


What is the IICY Initiative?

Health Standards Organization (HSO), in partnership with Health Canada and Frayme, hosted the Improving Integrated Care for Youth (IICY) Initiative from 2019-2022.

This three-year pan-Canadian program built HSO standards and implementation resources aimed at improving the integration of youth mental health and addiction services. Working together with people, communities and health systems across Canada, we had a collective goal of simplifying pathways to mental health and addiction services for youth and their families.

The IICY Initiative provided $90,000 in funding for six (6) integrated youth services networks in Canada (inclusive of youth, families, providers, community members and policy makers) to participate in a national, virtual Learning Collaborative. Together we co-designed and tested tools in real-life settings to learn how they can drive and sustain change.

This innovative work involved 600 people, delivering care in 60 organizations across 11 Canadian provinces and territories. It allowed us to learn in real-time through different geographies and populations, with differing levels of resources.

An infographic describing the Improving Integrated Care for Youth Initiative by Health Standards Organization

This initiative was made possible with support from the following:


childrens healthcare canada

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ccsainfoway-inforoutemental health commission


windsor essex.cmha