Bulletin Helping Youth Find the Help They Need

first_imgYouth and families with complex needs will get help finding the services and support they need. Five youth navigators are being hired to work across the province. The navigators will have experience and specialized training in case planning and case management for at-risk youth. These individuals will help teens navigate the system so they can find the right services and support. They will also help make connections between the youth and social workers, mental health workers, school boards, income assistance workers, police, probation officers, and other community and government agencies. Young people can ask for help themselves, or they can be referred by a parent, professional, or community agency. Young offenders who have spent time at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility in Waterville can also receive transitional support and follow up as they move back with families or into their communities. A total of $300,000 is being invested in this program. There will be navigators located in Community Services offices around the province as follows: Halifax (2); Kentville, New Glasgow and Sydney. More information about the navigation program is available on page 43 of the Child and Youth Strategy: Our Kids Are Worth It. The complete document is available online at www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img