FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Integrated Service Delivery model for delivering mental health, intervention and social services to New Brunswick children and youth has received a national 2016 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award.

“Our government understands the need for our children and youth to have access to the appropriate treatment and support in their communities,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “I am pleased that our efforts to establish and deliver these important services are being recognized nationally.”

Provincial government representatives will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Toronto on Feb. 6. It will be revealed at that time whether the award will be gold, silver, or bronze.

The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding leadership by improving Canada through advancements in public administration and management.

The Integrated Service Delivery model features a team of intervention and support professionals collaborating in the community to provide mental health, addiction, social and emotional support, and other services to children and youth. The teams tie together services from Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, Public Health, and Justice and Public Safety.

The model is a component of the province’s 10-year education plans, crime reduction and harm prevention strategies, and the Mental Health Action Plan. More information is available online.