Knowledge Exchange Program

The Knowledge Exchange Program aims to support Frayme partners working within the YMHSU system and other related sectors to make timely and evidence-informed decisions with regards to the implementation of integrated YMHSU services and supports.

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IYS for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities
developmental disability, IYS, neurodevelopment
QUESTION:

How do IYS sites stand with respect to serving the needs of youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities/problems that start only in childhood like autism. Traditionally, many mental health services have preferred not to serve these youth with the idea that their needs are distinct or that there are other systems to serve individuals with these problems.

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme’s IYS scan did not explicitly ask any questions about whether organizations offer their services to young people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. However, we did have a question about who is included in the “population served”, and if there are any groups or subpopulations that are especially catered to with additional programming or outreach work. So far, none of the organizations interviewed have explicitly mentioned young people with neurodevelopmental delays. That being said, most organizations make a point of mentioning that their services are available to all youth that come to their door seeking help with any mental health and substance use difficulties that they are experiencing. 
 

Mobile IYS sites and services
integrated youth services, IYS, mobile health, mobile services, service provision, youth
QUESTION:

Are you aware of any mobile IYS sites? If so are they delivering services directly from the mobile location? Or are they just transporting youth? And if they are delivering services in a van/mobile location what services are they offering? 

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Frayme has collated a listing of IYS sites that offer mobile services from a scan of 60 integrated youth services 

Justice Services within IYS
advisory council, high-risk populations, integrated youth services, IYS, justice, protection services
QUESTION:

Are there any examples of sites or networks working closely with the justice system? If so, how?
Are there any examples of jurisdictions that have court mandated involvement of youth in hubs?

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

`Justice Professionals` are part of advisory councils, where their role is to bring a justice system perspective forward when providing strategic advice (for example, they are aware of community strengths, weaknesses, and issues from different perspectives). They also help identify possibilities for co-operation within their sector and associated initiatives or programs.

Child and family services, youth protection services, and police departments are often engaged as partners or stakeholders in IYS initiatives. They are engaged to help increase awareness and knowledge of the service, as well as the capacity to refer youth to the IYS initiative at hand. Essentially, this is meant to build up the community`s early identification capacity and create more robust referral pathways for youth who may be considered part of a `high-risk` population. 

These partners, or members of advisory committees, are often engaged at the establishment stage of initiatives. Organizations tend to conduct some form of community assessment to identify the resources and services that are already available in the community, including child protective services, police-related programs, etc. The findings of these assessments are taken into consideration when identifying potential partners to engage.

Evidence-informed tools to help youth explore their job/ future educational interests.
at-risk, education, homeless, jobs, marginalized, vocational supports, youth
QUESTION:

What evidence-informed tools exist to help youth explore their job/ future educational interests - particulary tools tailored for at-risk or marginalized youth

KEY TAKE-HOME MESSAGES:

Models have been implemented with various populations, including homeless adults, adults with severe mental illness, disadvantaged inner-city residents, gang-involved youth, homeless youth with mental illness.
Studies suggest that social enterprises promote self-sufficiency through an income at the same time as giving participants the skills to obtain and keep a job, and seek educational or employment opportunities

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