Government of Manitoba - 2004-2018- Winnipeg Integrated services, Integrated Children’s Service, Unified Referral and Intake System, Specialized Services for Children and Youth

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Government of Manitoba



 2004 - 2018





 Website / Report / Presentation


 Provide efficient, effective and holistic services which are person or family focused and recognize the principles of population health and primary health care.

Key Notes/Findings:

  • Winnipeg Integrated services (WIS) is a government initiative that integrates services from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Manitoba Family Services and Housing (FSH).  
    • Previously, there were two programs that coordinated services for children with complex medical needs: Children’s Special Services (CSS) and Children’s Home Care Program
    • Services delivered by FSH and WRHA are organized into community areas
    • Some specialized services remain centralized  (see ICS below)
  • Integrated Children’s Service (ICS) was created, which provides flexible care options to the child and family in order to maximize their potential and experience in the community
    • Blends Medical Model and Family Centred Practice, Social Workers and Nurses are part of the same team. Families access both components through one system.
    • Can link to other WHRA or FSH programs
  • Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS) was created in 1995 to provide a standard classification and referral system.  URIS provides funding for schools to hire nurses and to community programs to provide training. URIS is classified in two groups:
    • URIS Group A (Medically Complex)
    • URIS Group B (More broad criteria)
    • Are building expertise in findings paths of service to meet needs of families with Children with Medical Complexity
      • Also are exploring and developing best practices (e.g. early intervention programs)
  • Another similar initiative, Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) is an alliance mainly from the following government departments:
    • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)
    • Manitoba Family Services
    • Manitoba Education & Advanced Learning
    • Manitoba Health
    • Key features of the SSCY Initiative:
      • Central Intake System
      • Lead Case Coordinator
      • Integrated Services
      • Co-location of Key Services to new facility (SSCY Centre ) opened in Spring 2016
      • Family Centred/Family Resource Centre
      • Monthly learning series (Breakfast at SSCY)


1. Community Health > Winnipeg Integrated Services [Internet]. [cited 2018 Jun 18]. Available from:

2. Steeds M, Nadeau I. Community Family Centred Care for Children with Medical Needs and Developmental Disabilities. 2017. 

3.  Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS) for Licensed Early Learning and Child Care Facilities [Internet]. [cited 2018 Jun 18]. Available from:

4.  About SSCY | Specialized Services for Children and Youth - Services spécialisés pour enfants et jeunes [Internet]. [cited 2018 Jun 18]. Available from:

5.  Cross-sectoral partnerships for integrating services for children and youth:  Reaching for the SSCY (CAPHC Presents!.Cross-sectoral partnerships for integrating services for children and youth: Reaching for the SSCY) - XWiki [Internet]. [cited 2018 Jun 18]. Available from:

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