BATHURST (GNB) – The Integrated Service Delivery model for delivering services to New Brunswick children and youth who suffer from emotional, behavioural and mental health issues is now in place in the Chaleur region, with offices located at École secondaire Népisiguit.

 “Our government understands the need for our children and youth to have access to the appropriate treatment and support in their community,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “I am proud of the work our teams are doing to ensure the proper services are being delivered to those in need.”

Kenny, along with Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry, visited the school today to speak with service providers about the model.

“It is encouraging to see this collaboration from across government, focused on positive outcomes for children and young people so that they can achieve their potential,” said Landry. “By working together to help children and youth overcome these personal challenges, we are building the foundation for stronger communities.”

The ministers toured the school to see renovations that, when completed, will provide team members with office space. Services are available despite the renovations.

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 the departments of Education and Early Childhood Development, Social Development, Health, and Justice and Public Safety, along with school districts and regional health authorities.

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. The government has committed to expanding the model provincewide by 2018.

The Integrated Service Delivery model recently received a national 2016 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award.

More information is available online.