The IWK works in partnership with the Department of Justice to provide essential health care services to young persons at the Nova Scotia Youth Facility (NSYF). The multidisciplinary team consists of registered nurses, psychologists and social workers. There is also a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner who hold weekly clinics onsite.
How we help
The IWK provides the same spectrum of care that can be found in a community setting, while specializing in services that reflect the needs of the forensic and correctional populations. These include treatment of acute and chronic conditions, infectious disease prevention and control, medication management, suicide risk assessment, health education and discharge planning. Clinical services facilitate interventions to support young offenders with mental health and addiction issues. Interventions include mental health assessments, addictions counselling and individual/family therapy. Youth can self-refer or be referred by family or Department of Justice staff. Participation is voluntary.