CAMH Annual Report to the Community 2006 -2007
Number of countries in which CAMH is running collaborative mental health and addiction programs
Through our Office of International Health, CAMH works with partners around the world to strengthen their ability to address
critical mental health and addiction challenges. This work also broadens our own knowledge base, enabling us to better serve
our own clients and communities.
CAMH’s collaborative programs include major training and health promotion projects in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and
This year CAMH hosted numerous international study visits and forums, including:
- 10 academics from seven Latin American countries for intensive two-month training in drug research
- 10 municipal primary care providers from Chile and Brazil for an advanced mental health and addiction training program
- two psychiatrists, from Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago, for study visits of CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family; Concurrent Disorders;
Schizophrenia; and Mood and Anxiety programs
- 24 foreign-trained physicians from 10 countries for observerships
- four U.S. academics for a roundtable on best practices in Aboriginal addiction and mental health, and one from Japan for intensive
training in geriatric mental health.
CAMH was selected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a resource centre for an international network of 19
drug treatment centres. Through this project, CAMH helped build capacity in addiction treatment and rehabilitation in under-resourced
countries. A best practices guide for establishing community-based addiction treatment clinics was developed for circulation
by UN agencies worldwide.
CAMH is making a difference around the world
Dr. Pablo Diaz from CAMH’s Schizophrenia Program reviews a mental health and addiction curriculum with primary health care
workers in Chile.
- Week-long training on addiction and concurrent disorders for 70 primary care workers, in partnership with the ministries of
health of Fortaleza and Brazil.
- Two-week advanced training program for primary care providers. CAMH approach adopted as a national model.
- Six-month evaluation of a national child and youth addiction treatment pilot program, organized by the national drug control
- Collaborative mental health and addiction training program for 40 health care providers, and leadership training program for
40 health care managers, in partnership with Mexico’s national institute of psychiatry. Agreement signed for a four-year statewide
- Week-long exchange between CAMH Aboriginal Services and Mexico’s national institute of psychiatry. Ongoing mental health promotion
training program for teachers and mental health promoters working with indigenous communities.
- Two-week addiction training program and three-day advanced program for 80 participants from eight countries, in partnership
with the Caribbean Institute on Alcoholism and Other Drug Problems (CARIAD), University of the West Indies.
CAMH project areas
Brazil, Chile, Mexico, eight Caribbean countries, Sri Lanka, India, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, China,
Making Connections: Integration in Mental Health and Addiction