What began in the 1850s as a “lunatic asylum” is now being replaced with a health centre that will set new standards for best
practices in care. Clients will benefit from a healthy and healing care environment, and integration into the neighbourhood—as
well as better connections between CAMH programs and services and supports in the community.
Hundreds gathered at CAMH's Queen Street site in October 2006 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the first phase of CAMH's
ambitious redevelopment project. Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO, digs in with David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure
Renewal, and George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
The redevelopment will transform the isolated Queen Street campus from a stigmatized mental health facility into a vibrant
neighbourhood. With streets, shops, parks and businesses alongside innovative new health care facilities, the award-winning
project will integrate client care into the fabric of a revitalized community.
“Our redevelopment marks a huge step forward, taking mental health and addiction care into the 21st century.”
Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO
On the west side of the site, four new buildings that will house clients in a home-like setting are now taking shape. Early
in 2008, when the first clients move in, a new era for people with mental health and addiction issues will begin.
Through this multi-year, multi-phase redevelopment project, CAMH is fully integrating our programs and bringing research together
with health care, education, health promotion and policy, to improve treatment and quality of life for people with mental
health and addiction concerns.
Making Connections: Integration in Mental Health and Addiction