For Immediate Release - August 26, 2010 - (Toronto) – The Legislative Assembly’s committee on mental health and addictions has provided Ontario with a blueprint for improving care, says the province’s largest mental health and addictions hospital.
“We would like to congratulate Committee chair Kevin Flynn and committee members from all parties,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). “The Committee heard from people across the province, and produced a thoughtful, comprehensive report.”
The report identified the fact that Ontarians wait too long for treatment, and that our system of mental health and addiction care requires fundamental change.
“The Select Committee has recommended that we improve access to a high quality, coordinated system of care,” said Dr. Zahn. “They have provided the government with sound advice on how to achieve this objective. CAMH looks forward to working with the government on the establishment of an organization dedicated to planning and delivering a comprehensive, accountable system of supports and services.”
CAMH appreciates the Committee’s commitment to the creation of more affordable housing for people with mental illness and addictions.
“Supportive housing is a critical component of our system of mental health and addiction care,” noted Dr. Zahn.
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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.