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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:

December 2014:

Letter to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services:
Limiting disclosure of non-conviction records
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

September 2014:

Submission to the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets:
The role of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario
As an advisory council examines ways of "improving the efficiency and optimizing the full value" of the LCBO, this submission reminds the provincial government of the important role public alcohol retail systems play in reducing alcohol-related harm.

Submission to Health Canada:
Tamper resistance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

In response to a Health Canada consultation, CAMH notes that while tamper-resistant products have a role to play in addressing prescription drug abuse, reducing the toll of this epidemic will require a much more comprehensive strategy.

July 2014:

CAMH Gambling Policy Framework (updated)
This document, originally released in August 2011, has been updated to include more recent problem gambling prevalence data.

La santé mentale et la justice pénale : cadre stratégique

Ce document est une traduction du Mental Health and Criminal Justice Policy Framework de CAMH. Il a pour but principal de faire connaître le point de vue de CAMH sur les politiques en matière de santé mentale et de justice pénale.




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