Integrated Youth Services Network of Networks Initiative (IYS-Net) – Phases

The overarching objective of IYS-Net is to improve mental health services and outcomes for youth and their caregivers/families. This will be done by supporting research, data and knowledge sharing across IYS networks, enabling evidence-informed decision making that integrates research into practice and policy.

CIHR, together with the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), the Bell-GBF Partnership and the RBC Foundation through RBC Future Launch, is using a phased approach to build IYS-Net, a pan-Canadian network of networks and Canada’s first learning health system for mental health and substance use health, with youth at its centre.

Preliminary Phase

The preliminary phase will fund research to help inform pan-Canadian standards, such as best practice guidelines and wise practices, for mental health and substance use services in IYS.
This work will facilitate and promote:

This phase provided funding in October 2022 to support the three most established provincial networks for IYS (Foundry in British Columbia, Aire ouverte in Quebec, and Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario) and a new Indigenous Network drawn from ACCESS Open Minds sites in First Nations and Inuit communities where research and service delivery is guided by a well-established Indigenous Council.

Phase 1

In 2022, the majority of provinces and territories have developed, or are in the process of developing, an IYS network. Therefore, building on the preliminary phase, Phase 1 of IYS-Net will expand from the four initial networks to formalize the development of, and linkages between, all existing and emerging provincial, territorial, and Indigenous IYS networks across Canada. IYS Networks will use a Learning Health System approach to ensure networks remain flexible, adaptable and in the best interest of outcomes for youth and caregivers/families.

The specific objectives of Phase 1 are to:

Visit the Funding section for information about funding opportunities associated with this initiative. For more information about applying to this funding opportunity, please refer to the questions and answers.

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