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Influencing Public Policy Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

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:

March 2017

Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Submission to the Board of Health

As Toronto struggles with an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths, action from all levels of government will be needed. CAMH welcomes the development and introduction of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan.

Alcohol and Caffeinated Energy Drinks: Submission to the Board of Health

In this submission, CAMH lends its support to the recommendations made by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health for dealing with the issue of caffeinated energy drinks mixed with alcohol.   


February 2017

Ontario's Basic Income Consultation: Joint response from CAMH and the Empowerment Council

The Ontario government recently held consultations on the implementation of a Basic Income Pilot in Ontario. CAMH and the Empowerment Council jointly provided input.

January 2017

Poverty Reduction Strategy: CAMH submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

In December 2016, CAMH’s Dr. Vicky Stergiopoulos presented to the federal committee in charge of making recommendations on Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. This submission compliments that presentation.

October 2016

Prescription Opioid Policy Framework

Canada is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Governments recognize the urgency of this issue and have been working to address it, notably through Ontario's recently announced Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose, which CAMH supports. Our objective in releasing this document is to help inform the implementation of provincial and federal initiatives and to propose some additional measures to reduce opioid-related harms. The document summarizes the situation in Ontario, outlines the risks inherent in opioid policy, and, based on recent evidence as well as policies being implemented elsewhere, offers some high-level recommendations for a combined public health and clinical response to the opioid crisis. 

Canada’s National Housing Strategy: Joint submission to federal government

The federal government is consulting with Canadians on the development of a National Housing Strategy.  In this submission, CAMH and the Empowerment Council focus on the link between housing, health and social inclusion and offer 8 recommendations for the National Housing Strategy that we believe will best meet the housing needs of people with mental health and addictions problems across the country.

Suicide among Indigenous peoples and communities: CAMH submission to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs

The Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs is conducting a study entitled Suicide Among Indigenous Peoples and Communities. In this submission, CAMH’s Dr. Renee Linklater and Dr. Allison Crawford offer 5 recommendations for enhancing mental wellness in partnership with Indigenous peoples.




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