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GBF Newsletter 5.5
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September 2019
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Dear Readers,
 
In this newsletter, we are thrilled to share some exciting news about how Integrated Youth Services is progressing. Alberta is poised to develop a provincial Integrated Youth Services initiative, Foundry is expanding to 19 community sites, and ACCESS Open Minds published a series of reports on how it transformed services at seven of its community sites.
 
Graham Boeckh Foundation
In this issue:
Alberta – Taking Steps Towards a Provincial IYS Project
Foundry Gets Funding for Eight New Sites
Early Intervention in Psychiatry Publishes Special Report on ACCESS Open Minds
Alberta – Taking Steps Towards a Provincial IYS Project
Pam Liversidge, Executive Director, Alberta Integrated Youth Services Initiative
 
The Province of Alberta, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector are developing an integrated youth services project. The goal is to improve access to evidence-based, culturally relevant services and create a unified network across the province. Over the last year, the Graham Boeckh Foundation has been working closely with the Mental Health Foundation (based in Edmonton), the Canadian Mental Health Association of Alberta and PolicyWise to align various initiatives under one provincial vision. Most recently, and thanks to support from the Ministry of Children’s Services and philanthropic partners, Pam Liversidge has been hired as the Executive Director to lead the provincial coordination and implementation. Pam brings her experience as Acting Executive Director of Foundry, years of developing province-wide strategies with the BC government, and background as a youth addictions worker. She will work to align and support existing initiatives, including ACCESS Open Minds’ two sites in Edmonton, Camrose Open Door, the Alex in Calgary and sites currently supported by PolicyWise, such as Fort Saskatchewan and Tri-Region Parkland County. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation recently committed to donating $5M to support IYS in Alberta. Learn more here.
Foundry Gets Funding for Eight New Sites
Foundry, British Columbia’s Integrated Youth Services initiative, will expand to a total of 19 sites throughout the province within the next three years. The Government of British Columbia identified the growth of Foundry from 11 to 19 sites as a priority action in its recently published roadmap for mental health and addictions. Foundry has grown into a network of one-stop shops for youth with the support of both government and philanthropy. 

Each Foundry location offers a range of services for youth addressing mental health, physical health, social services and educational and vocational needs. The new community sites will be chosen over the coming months. Stay tuned!

Find out more about Foundry here.
Early Intervention in Psychiatry Publishes Special Report on ACCESS Open Minds
ACCESS Open Minds in Eskasoni First Nation, one of seven sites profiled in the publication
 
ACCESS Open Minds has published a special supplement in the journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry devoted to the processes, challenges and successes in transforming services in a number of the communities which are home to ACCESS Open Minds. The sites profiled are: Edmonton (urban site and University of Alberta), Montreal (homeless youth), the Acadian Peninsula (New Brunswick), Ulukhaktok (Northwest Territories), Eskasoni (Nova Scotia), and Chatham-Kent (Ontario). These articles show how a core set of principles in service delivery can be adapted and implemented in diverse contexts. Insights from the youth, Indigenous, and family and carers councils accompany the site-specific accounts of transformation. View the special supplement here.

ACCESS Open Minds is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graham Boeckh Foundation to implement and evaluate service transformation in youth mental health across a pan-Canadian network of community sites. It was the first network funded through CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).
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