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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 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.

August 2016:

Legalizing cannabis: CAMH submission to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

This submission is a CAMH response to the Task Force's consultation on key aspects of cannabis legalization and regulation. Its main focus is how cannabis should be bought and sold in a legal, regulated system. (Note: Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH's CEO, is a member of the Task Force.) 

Medical transportation: Letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services

In this letter, Lori Spadorcia, CAMH’s Vice President of Communications and Partnerships, recommends that transportation costs to all necessary mental health treatment be covered by social assistance.

June 2016:

Heroin-assisted treatment: CAMH submission to Health Canada

This submission welcomes Health Canada’s proposal to return the regulatory oversight of diacetylmorphine (heroin) to the Narcotic Control Regulations so that heroin-assisted treatment can be provided in evidence-supported contexts.





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