We are building support for a stronger mental health and addiction
system, redeveloping our outdated hospital facilities for patients, expanding
our partnerships and building our community. For CAMH, 2010 was a
Building a mental health and addiction system
As the largest mental health and addiction facility in the country—and with a
mandate to serve the entire province—CAMH has a leadership role to play in
improving the system.
Working collaboratively with all our stakeholders—the provincial government,
the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), our community partners and
consumers—our goal is to build an integrated continuum of services
that is accessible to all. This year there were numerous breakthroughs.
The province announced a Narcotics Strategy to address what CAMH
research has shown to be the growing misuse of prescription opioids.
Helping prescribing professionals to make good decisions is an important
step, and the minister pointed to CAMH’s provincial resource: the Addiction
Clinical Consultation Service. CAMH will play an important role in shaping
the new strategy by contributing expertise in research, education and
The Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions released its final
report containing recommendations for a provincial mental health and
addictions strategy. For the first time, members from all three provincial
parties worked together for our cause, focusing on the key issues of children
and youth, supportive housing and justice system change.
Members of the all-party Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions on a tour of CAMH.
The Minister’s Own Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions,
which included CAMH representation, followed suit, with its final
Recommendations for Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. These
recommendations identify the need for a collaborative, patient-centred
approach to services across the lifespan. The first plank of the province’s
upcoming 10-year mental health and addictions strategy was announced in the
spring budget, with new funding for child and youth treatment.