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Communities needed to host integrated services for youth

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) aim is to re-imagine how youth and their families find access to the resources, services and support they need.
Integrated Youth Services

Saskatchewan wants to make better access for the needs of youth and their families with a wide variety of supports and services that includes mental health and education.  

Lead organizations, in no less than three communities, are being sought out by The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (JHSS), in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan to operate integrated youth services sites.

"We want to make it easier for our young people to get the supports and services they're looking for all in one location," Mental Health and Addictions Minister Everett Hindley said. "I encourage interested communities and organizations to apply to host and operate an Integrated Youth Services hub to help our young people reach their full potential."

Integrated Youth Services (IYS) aim is to re-imagine how youth and their families find access to the resources, services and support they need.  

"Our Saskatchewan Integrated Youth Services team is excited to begin searching for local partners to host youth hubs that support young people in their community," JHSS Director of Integrated Youth Services Pam Reimer said. "The selected partners will work toward providing rapid access to innovative youth services and supports, right in their backyard. We are eager to see which communities submit a proposal to host the IYS Youth Hubs."

The JHSS has implemented a provincial model for IYS to provide rapid access to youth-targeted supports, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. Services offered are typically for mental health and substance use, peer supports, primary care, education, employment and training, cultural and traditional supports, and social and community services.

This inter-sectoral initiative includes leadership and support from the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Services, Justice, Attorney General, Corrections, Policing and Public Safety, Advanced Education, Immigration and Career Training, Government Relations, and Parks, Culture and Sport.

Using standardized assessment criteria, JHSS will determine the successful applicants that best demonstrate need and readiness to lead an IYS hub. Virtual programming will begin while physical locations are being established.  

Saskatchewan communities and organizations interested in operating an IYS site can access a call for proposals package at Submission deadline is August 11, 2023 at 6 p.m. 

Informational webinars are being hosted by the IYS backbone team to help communities learn more about IYS, Saskatchewan's model and to support proposal development. More information about these webinars can be found at

Additional information on Integrated Youth Services is available at here.


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