Children need strong families and communities who work together to keep them safely at home, whenever possible.

An Integrated Network of Services


One of the strategic focus areas of Joint Initiatives is to develop an integrated network of community-based services and supports for children, youth and their families.

Why integrate services?

The ultimate and ongoing goal is to improve services for children and their families that result in positive and measurable outcomes for the child, the family and the community.

A secondary goal of integrating services is the cost savings to both the community and the individual service providers in the face of deep and continuous budget cuts.

How do we achieve integrated services?

Service integration is an on-going process that begins by:

When do we know that we have been successful?

Effective service integration results in:

Examples of the JI approach to integrating services:

To learn more, see our Guiding Principles for an Integrated Network of Services.

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- Mary McLeod Bethune