Letter to the Ontario Premier: Modernizing problem gambling funding
CAMH and two other organizations are proposing a new approach to the province’s funding of problem gambling initiatives: that one cent from each dollar gambled in Ontario – in other words, 1% of total provincial gambling revenue – be invested in problem gambling prevention, treatment, research, and knowledge translation.
Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Misuse of Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada
February 6, Dr. Beth Sproule presented on
behalf of CAMH to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. In her presentation, Dr. Sproule discussed the unique problems associated with misuse of prescription drugs – particularly opioids.
Submission to the Select Committee on Developmental Services
On November 27, Dr. Peter Szatmari and Dr. Pushpal Desarkar presented on behalf of CAMH to the Select Committee on Developmental Services. Their presentation focused on enhancing mental health care across the lifespan for Ontarians with developmental disabilities. CAMH also provided the Select Committee with this written submission based on Dr. Szatmari’s and Dr. Desarkar’s presentation.
Letter to the federal Minister of Health: Supervised Consumption Sites
CAMH believes that Supervised Consumption Sites (SCS) are an important part of a public health approach that can reduce the harms associated with injection drug use. In this letter to the federal Minister of Health, Dr. Catherine Zahn recommends that amendments be made to the Respect for Communities Act to mitigate barriers to the establishment of SCS in Canada.
Mental Health and Criminal Justice Policy Framework
People with mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system. To address and reduce this over-representation, CAMH supports a social justice approach to public policy that focuses on prevention, diversion, and treatment / rehabilitation. This framework reviews the literature on mental health and criminal justice, discusses programs and policies that can best support people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system, and outlines principles for a comprehensive Canadian approach to mental health and criminal justice.
Letter to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services: TASER use by front-line officers
In August 2013, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced that local police services in Ontario could equip their front-line officers with Conducted Energy Weapons or TASERS. In this letter to the Minister, CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn responds to this announcement and recommends that police engage in a multi-faceted approach to assess and manage people in mental or emotional crisis.
Letter to the Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister of Community and Social Services: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
CAMH recently had the opportunity to participate in several poverty reduction consultations organized by the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction. During these consultations, CAMH highlighted the over-representation of people with mental illness amongst those living in poverty and made recommendations to address this situation. In this letter, CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn highlights the importance of housing and employment policies and programs in alleviating the poverty experienced by many people with mental illness.
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