The provincial government’s commitment to the Integrated Service Delivery framework dates to 2009 when it announced its responses to four reports.
All four reports clearly identify a strong need for better co-ordination among departments to increase support to at-risk children and youth who have multiple or complex needs as well as their families.
The heart of this framework will be a regional network of professionals known as Child and Youth Development (CYD) teams. They will co-ordinate prevention and early intervention services directed to families, schools and communities.
In June 2010, the provincial government selected two regional demonstration sites –Acadian Peninsula/Alnwick and Charlotte County. Both sites have been in place since the fall of 2011.
- Connecting Care and Challenge: Tapping Our Human Potential (also known as the MacKay report), released by what was then known as the Department of Education in 2006;
- Connecting the Dots A report on the condition of youth-at-risk and youth with very complex needs in New Brunswick, released by the Office of the Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate in 2008;
- Ashley Smith: A report of the New Brunswick Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate on the services provided to a youth involved in the youth criminal justice system, also released by the Office of the Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate in 2008; and
- Together into the future: a transformed mental-health-care system for New Brunswick (also known as the McKee report), released by the Department of Health in 2009.