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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:

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.

June 2015:

Elimination of the ODSP Work Related Benefit:
Letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services
The Ministry of Community and Social Services is making changes to employment benefits that are available through Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). The goal of the new Employment-Related Benefit is to assist more people on social assistance to find and keep work by simplifying and personalizing the benefit. To create the new benefit structure, existing employment benefits will be eliminated, including the mandatory Work Related Benefit which gives $100 / month to people on ODSP who have income from a job, training, or self-employment. In this letter to the Minister, CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn outlines her concerns about the impact that the removal of this benefit will have on people with mental illness and/or addictions and asks the Minister to consider reinstating the benefit.

December 2014:

Limiting disclosure of non-conviction records:
Letter to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
On December 4, Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Yasir Naqvi, announced new legislation that would limit the disclosure of non-conviction records, including mental health information, from police services. CAMH's CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn, wrote to Minister Naqvi thanking him for this legislation and indicating CAMH’s support.

October 2014:

CAMH Cannabis Policy Framework
This document examines the evidence on the harms associated with cannabis use and, based on that evidence, recommends legalization with strict regulation as the most effective means of reducing those harms.
French version: Cadre stratégique pour le contrôle du cannabis




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