integration of addictions and mental health care began with
Phase 1A and continues throughout the Redevelopment Project as a whole
is making client care more responsive to the populations we serve.
Recognizing the co-occurrence of both addictions and
mental illness, CAMH is committed to creating a system and site that
eliminates the historical barriers between these treatment systems.
Our model of care for this phase incorporated changes in
programs and services with the creation of a central hub and the
consolidation of our operations on one site.
Transforming Live Here is creating a dramatic, visible
transformation along Queen Street West; however, the most meaningful
changes are taking place inside.
The First Phase — Addictions and Mood & Anxiety
The four buildings of Phase 1A (shown above), which officially opened their doors on June 26, 2008,
are home to CAMH's Addiction and Mood & Anxiety Programs. As seen
in the images below, these 24-bed Alternate Milieu (AM) buildings
include bedrooms with private bathrooms; a quiet room to read, relax,
and receive visitors; and communal living spaces.
These home-like and comfortable units create a more
supportive, therapeutic environment, empowering clients to regain
independence and assert control over their own recovery plan. The goal
is to create a natural transition toward community re-integration.
In May 2009, a Phase 1A building is officially named, The McCain Building
after Michael McCain and his family in recognition of their support of
the CAMH Redevelopment Project; the first ever building to be named
after a donor.
To view more images and photos of Phase 1A, click here.
Quality of Care
The flexibility of the Mood & Anxiety AM unit enables
CAMH clinicians to make a number of specific improvements to the
quality of care we offer:
- Care and treatment tailored to the individual:
The home-like setting of the new AM buildings supports a variety of
approaches to recovery and community re-integration. Some clients are
able to go home on weekends, or continue to stay in the unit for support
while they are re-entering the work force or returning to school.
- A choice between private and community space: Many of the
areas within our older buildings are ill-defined; not really public, but
not truly private either. The new design philosophy emphasizes choice
between explicitly public and private spaces, and CAMH's
programming supports this design concept. Common kitchens and living
spaces make these AM units more comfortable for family members and
friends to visit; and public areas are complemented by private healing
gardens and private rooms, much as one would have in their own home.
The provision of services to clients is based on the guidelines of a client-centered philosophy of care, which includes:
- A client-centered focus that reflects an active partnership between the person receiving care and the providers of care.
partnership recognizes that the client is a whole person with social,
physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs who, wherever
possible, will make informed choices about his/her care and will be an
active participant in his/her care.
- This partnership extends to the participation of the client in the processes of continuous improvement.
- This partnership integrates client preferences, expressed needs, and cultural beliefs and practices with the provision of care.
- Whenever possible, the program will work with those whom the client
identifies as significant others throughout the care process.
- Whenever possible, the program will work in partnership with other
service providers to ensure that care is comprehensive, coordinated, and
delivered in the appropriate environment.
- In partnership with the client, the program will strive to
facilitate the individual’s achievement of his/her optimal level of
functioning and will demonstrate understanding and respect for the
client’s goals in this process.
- In keeping with the CAMH's academic mission that promotes scientific
examination of and research into the most effective and efficient forms
of care, the emphasis is on provision of evidence-based care.