A graphic showing the Improving Integrated Care for Youth Initiative by Health Standards Organization

Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its partners Health Canada and Frayme are proud to introduce the six integrated youth services (IYS) networks from across Canada that form the Improving Integrated Care for Youth (IICY) Learning Collaborative!

HSO is honored to be collaborating with innovative provincial and community-based integrated youth service networks from across the country. Each network works to transform services in their communities by integrating physical health, mental health and social services to improve health and well-being outcomes for youth.

United by our shared purpose to improve mental health and addiction care for youth and families, the Learning Collaborative will partner with youth and families to put new HSO standards and tools into practice and share their learnings within the Learning Collaborative and beyond.

“Together with our partners, Health Canada and Frayme, we are grateful to embark on this journey together, and want to thank these six ICY networks in advance for their continued commitment and focus on our shared purpose: to grow sustainable improvements and better outcomes in the integration of community-based mental health and addiction services for youth. When we listen and learn together, we create a future of care that is better connected, easier to navigate, and meets youth when, where and how they need it.”

– Leslee Thompson, CEO, HSO and Accreditation Canada


“Frayme is proud to take part in the launch of IICY Learning Collaborative. This collaborative brings together many critical voices and perspectives from communities across Canada which will not only help service providers share best practice but also ensure the meaningful engagement of youth and families in the design of integrated and accessible pathways to care.”

– Shauna MacEachern, Executive Director, Frayme


Introducing the IICY Learning Collaborative networks:

1. Foundry, BC

“Foundry is excited to be part of the Health Standard Organization’s IICY Learning Collaborative. We’re grateful to work alongside many networks, youth and families across Canada as we support the development of standards and implementation tools that will improve integrated youth services!”  

– Steve Mathias, Executive Director, Foundry


2. Chilliwack Youth Health Centre, BC

“The Chilliwack Youth Health Center is passionate about improving prospects for young people. Consequently, we are excited to be part of the Health Standards Organization (HSO) IICY Learning Collaborative. So often we work in silos of community, each inventing our own wheel. The Learning Collaborative gives us a ground floor opportunity to learn along with others. We look forward to testing tools and processes that can serve everyone working towards integrated health services for young people.”

– Dr Robert Lees, R.Psych Director of Counselling and Training, Chilliwack Youth Health Centre


3. Integrated Youth Services Network, Guelph & Wellington, ON

The Integrated Youth Services Network Guelph Wellington is passionate about youth mental health. This Learning Collaborative is an exciting opportunity to learn from colleagues across Canada so we can build our capacity to service the youth living in our communities. Thank you HSO and Frayme for this incredible learning opportunity, we are deeply grateful.”

 – Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Executive Director, Integrated Youth Service Network, Guelph & Wellington


4. Huron Perth Child and Youth Mental Health Network, ON 

“We are thrilled to be working as part of a network of organizations committed to nurturing client/patient-centered collaboration and integration of addiction and mental health services for our youth. In its absence, “falling through the cracks” can be an all too common experience. This chance to work with HSO, using its evolving tools and best practices to help lead such systemic transformation, is very exciting. It is an opportunity to show collective leadership in Huron-Perth by moving beyond client-centered care and toward a client-centered system for the sake of our young people.”

– Todd Leader, IICY Project Consultant & Co-Facilitator, Tanner Steffler Foundation


5. Government of New Brunswick, Integrated Service Delivery, NB

“Having been engaged in youth integrated service delivery for some time we are very much interested in being able to review nationally developed tools to then gauge our level of performance in core areas like integration and person-centered service delivery. Most importantly, we are looking forward to the opportunity to learn from and share with our national colleagues engaged in similar work.”

– Darren Oakes, Director, Integrated Service Delivery


6. Choices for Youth, NL

“Choices for Youth is proud to be a part of the Health Standards Organization’s IICY Learning Collaborative, and we are committed to leveraging the network of knowledge, expertise and tools to build better youth supports in our province. The programs, services and social enterprises that we offer at Choices for Youth are rooted in proven design and outcomes evaluation, and being a part of the IICY Learning Collaborative will allow us to implement national best practices in evaluation and data collection as we work to strengthen our existing supports for youth and expand our services to other regions across Newfoundland and Labrador, including our nationally recognized integrated service delivery site – CFY’s Youth Services Centre.”

– Sheldon Pollett, Executive Director, Choices for Youth


Learn more about the IICY Initiative and follow the learning journey of the Learning Collaborative here