Cross-sectoral partnerships for integrating services for children and youth: Reaching for the SSCY
Take a virtual tour of the amazing and beautiful new Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) Centre, an integrated health and social service centre for children and youth with disabilities, which opened in Winnipeg in July 2016. Explore the community engagement process that was used to ensure that families, staff and partner voices were brought to the table resulting in features such as a concierge, a waterfall, palm trees, gesturetek systems, 3D printer and carver, disco digital x-ray, water tables, teepees and more. Follow the 20 year journey of families, seven partner agencies and 3 government departments using a change management perspective to identify critical success factors in the movement from a fragmented and confusing service delivery system to a unified and integrated service for clients and families. Uncover the tools that were used to facilitate the integration process such as the development of a common vision, the use of an inter-sectoral planning group, development of a central intake, shared electronic medical records, use of single case coordinators, co-located inter-agency multidisciplinary teams and shared site management. Conclude your virtual tour with outcomes to date, future evaluation and next steps.
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*SSCY -Specialized Services for Children and Youth
Cheryl Susinski is currently the Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children atSSCY Centre in Winnipeg, a position she has held since November, 2001. Additionally she actsas the Community Services Director for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Child HealthProgram and co-chair for the SSCY site management team.
Throughout her career Cheryl Susinski has held positions in a number of acute care, long termcare and community settings including: The Edmonton General Hospital, The Ottawa CivicHospital, The Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre (Ottawa), The Nor’West Co-op CommunityHealth Centre(Winnipeg) and the Village Clinic (Winnipeg). She was a surveyor forAccreditation Canada from 2001- 2006.
She has a Masters of Health Administration degree from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor ofMedical Rehabilitation- Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Artsdegree, also from the University of Manitoba.
Jeanette Edwards has a Masters of Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor Degree of Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. She is a Certified Health Executive, Canadian College of Health Service Executives, holds Advanced Credentials of Health Care Administration, University of Minnesota and a Certificate of Gerontology, University of Manitoba.
Jeanette Edwards’ current position is that of Regional Director Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. In this capacity, Jeanette has facilitated the Specialized Services for Children and Youth initiative. Jeanette is also seconded on a part time basis to Manitoba Health in the capacity of Special Advisor to the Deputy Minster on Primary Care.
For twelve years, Jeanette was the Executive Director of the Health Action Centre (a Manitoba Community Health Centre serving the downtown/core area neighbourhoods). She has also worked in a part time capacity as a Facilitator with the Primary Care Reform Branch of Manitoba Health.
Jeanette works as a surveyor with the Accreditation Canada. In this capacity, she has assisted in the development of the community health standards, the Aboriginal accreditation processes and in surveying independent organizations and health systems across the country and internationally.