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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 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.

March 2014:

Submission to the Ministry of the Attorney General: Proposed regulatory amendments to the Liquor Licence Act

In this joint submission, CAMH and the Ontario Public Health Association comment on the provincial government's plan to allow VQA wine to be sold in farmers' markets.

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.

February 2014:

Housing Policy Framework

Housing is a human right and a fundamental component of recovery. Without secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing, physical and mental health can be significantly compromised. Despite the clear benefits of good housing, many people with mental illness are homeless or live in substandard accommodations often without appropriate support. CAMH supports a social justice approach to public policy that focuses on improving access to, and maintenance of housing that meets people’s diverse needs. This framework reviews the literature on mental health and housing, looks at the challenges people with mental illness face when trying to find and maintain housing, and outlines principles for a comprehensive Canadian approach to housing for people with mental illness.

Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology: Misuse of Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada

On 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.




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