CAMH Annual Report to the Community 2006 - 2007
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As a leader in mental health and addiction, CAMH has a responsibility to increase understanding of best practices, and to
integrate them into health promotion and treatment programs locally, provincially and globally.
This year, CAMH brought addiction services via telemedicine to clients in Sandy Lake, a Northern Ontario community lacking
local services. Video consultations increased the reach of our specialized Women’s Program to Peterborough, Barrie, Orillia
and London. We also formalized relationships between the CAMH Mood and Anxiety Program and service providers across Ontario
to provide quick consultations and treatment for complex mood disorders.
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CAMH partnered with MADD Canada and the LCBO this year to educate party hosts on their legal responsibilities when providing
alcohol to guests: 70,000 copies of our “Having a Party” brochure were distributed through liquor stores across the province.
Our 32 classroom and online courses offer community-based service providers and other health care providers across the province
access to a full range of practical professional training. We provide introductory courses on mental health, addiction and
concurrent disorders for people new to the field, and specialized programs on topics such as methadone maintenance treatment
for experienced professionals. This year, we added several new courses, including Appropriate Prescribing of Opioids. A new
workshop, Mental Health Diagnosis and Marginalized Communities, explores the links between mental health diagnosis, treatment
and a client’s ethnocultural background, class, age and sexual orientation.
CAMH also offers a large catalogue of high-quality, evidence-based resources. Our 100-plus titles include books, booklets,
fact sheets, pamphlets, videos and journals. We have resources for professionals, community members, clients and families,
in up to 23 languages. This year we added an important new text titled Highs & Lows: Canadian Perspectives on Women and Substance
Use, a clinical manual on Structured Relapse Prevention, and four new comic book–style pamphlets for young people on substance
Expansion of our e-learning strategy has been one of the most exciting educational developments this year. CAMH is working
on long-term plans for a new web-based Academy, and will soon launch our first online certificate program, in concurrent disorders.
Our 10 current online courses are extremely popular. They provide much-needed training for health care and community workers
in underserved areas across Ontario and beyond. For example, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health is using three CAMH online
courses in province-wide training for 600 staff.
Number of visits to Réseaufranco.com since its launch in September 2006 (to March 31, 2007)
This year we launched our new francophone professionals’ website, www.reseaufranco.com. The site offers much-needed mental health and addiction resources for primary care providers serving francophone communities
across Ontario. They now have 24/7 access to the latest information about care and treatment options, research developments
and online training opportunities, as well as resources to use with clients and their families.
Réseaufranco.com was made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada through the Société Santé en français.
Making Connections: Integration in Mental Health and Addiction