Saskatchewan has a proud history of service integration over the past 20 years. The Family Foundation was established in 1989 which resulted in the formation of the Assistant Deputy Minister's Forum in 1996. Between 1994 and 1998, ten Regional Intersectoral Committees were established throughout the province. In 2000, the Assistant Deputy Minister's Forum was restructured the Human Service Integration Forum (HSIF). In 2011, it was announced that the HSIF would be replaced with the Senior Interministry Steering Committee (SIMS).
"The SIMS focus is Saskatchewan's foud government-wide enterprise approaches and other related intersectoral strategies intending to reduce barriers and improve integrated services and supports for children, youth and families, and those at risk or living in vulnerable circumstances. SIMS is a collaborative senior officials table, reporting on the Saskatchewan Child and Youth (Family) targets, goals and stakeholder engagement to the Duputy Ministers Committee on Children and Youth." (SIMS Terms of Reference - September 2011)
In April of 2013, the broadening of the Saskatchewan Child and Youth Agenda was announced. The Agenda was renamed as the Saskatchewan Child and Family Agenda and the scope of the agenda broadened. The goals of the agenda are:
CHILDREN GET A GOOD START IN LIFE
YOUTH ARE PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE
FAMILIES ARE STRONG
COMMUNITIES ARE SUPPORTIVE
The relationship between SIMS and the Regional Intersectoral Committees (RICs) is currently in development, but currently includes two way communication through SIMS-RIC Forum on a bi-annual basis and regular one-pager submissions.