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Influencing Public Policy Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

How CAMH is influencing public policy

CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020:, re-affirms our commitment to advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs of people with mental illness and addictions. As one of the six pillars of this plan, CAMH is committed to “Driving Social Change” by playing a leading role in transforming society’s understanding of mental illness and addiction and building a better mental health care system. CAMH aims to be a champion for health equity, social justice and inclusion for those with mental illness and addiction. To help achieve these goals, CAMH communicates evidence-based policy advice to stakeholders and policymakers.

What's new:

January 2016:

CAMH’s Mental Health and Primary Care Policy Framework
People with mental health problems and illnesses have difficulty accessing high quality primary care and this can result in poor health outcomes.  CAMH’s Mental Health and Primary Care Policy Framework gives a broad overview of the factors that contribute to primary care access in Ontario and provides a model for the development and implementation of primary care policies that most effectively address the needs of people with mental health problems and illnesses.  The Framework was developed in consultation with internal and external experts in the field.

October 2015:

Call to all federal parties
The Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Alliance is a coalition of organizations from across the province and across the continuum of care. In this position statement, the Alliance calls on all federal parties to commit to measures that:
-  Improve mental health by addressing social determinants of mental illness and addictions
- ‎ Address addictions / substance use as a health issue
-  End the criminalization of mental illness and addictions

September 2015:

Why Ontario needs an alcohol strategy
An approach to alcohol policy that prioritizes public health and considers the costs associated with alcohol consumption is critical to the health and well-being of Ontarians. In this joint position statement, CAMH and five partner organizations call for a provincial alcohol strategy for Ontario.
This infographic illustrates the links between alcohol availability and harm and outlines some evidence-based measures that can mitigate those harms.

Infographic: Housing and Mental Health

This handy infographic highlights the benefits of affordable and supportive housing, emphasizes the shortage of this type of housing in Ontario, and discusses some of the work CAMH and our community partners are doing to address this shortage.

July 2015:

Expansion of gambling at Woodbine Racetrack:
Submission to Toronto City Council's Executive Committee
As City Council considers whether to allow expanded gambling at Woodbine, CAMH offers advice to the Executive Committee on potential health impacts as well as risk mitigation measures.

Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update:
Joint Submission to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
The Province is consulting with experts and the public to update its Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. In this joint submission, CAMH and the Empowerment Council focus on the housing needs of people with mental health and/or addictions problems and provide the government with 10 recommendations to improve the affordable housing system in Ontario. The updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy is due to be released at the end of 2015.




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