Constituency Council is a province-wide voluntary council made up of 50-70
stakeholders, tasked with providing advice, insight, and feedback to the
organization, its strategic plan and its Board of Trustees.
The Council was created in 1998 at
the time of the formation of CAMH, and has met twice a year, every year, since
the beginning. The group has been a great resource for the organization
to discuss developments at the hospital, share information and resources with
local communities, and to guide the work of CAMH as we brought together the
four founding organizations into one.
In January 2013, a dedicated working group of
15 Constituency Members began meeting on a regular basis to revise the mandate and
Terms of Reference for the Constituency Council, including improvements to our
communications, expectations of membership, a focus on regional representation
and the make-up of the group. The revised model was endorsed in June of
2013. The Council was recognized as an Accreditation Canada Leading Practice in 2016. Learn more about CAMH's Accreditation from Accreditation Canada.
Constituency Council members come from across
Ontario, and CAMH has designated spots for representation from the following
groups: People with lived experience of
mental illness and/or addictions (Consumers), Family Members, Community Mental
Health Agency; Academic, CAMH staff, Members At Large (e.g. representing housing,
community health, advocacy); Public Health; Aboriginal/First Nations Agency;
Children/Youth Mental Health sector; Forensic/Justice provider. We also seek to ensure regional/geographic
diversity, and a diversity of equity-seeking groups including people with
disabilities, racialized people, and LGBT people.
Council members have an interest in and knowledge and experience about mental illness and addiction. Members not only bring their own perspective and expertise, but are also able to respectfully engage with diverse viewpoints and consider broad program, service and system issues.
Council members are expected to participate in twice annual full day interactive meetings at which they engage with members of the Board of Trustees, diverse Council members, and subject matter experts in order to learn about CAMH initiatives and programs, share information and provide input. Members are also expected to actively learn about CAMH initiatives and programs via camh website or online forums throughout the year.
Members are also asked to engage their
communities on issues and services related to mental health and addiction, and
to help inform local communities about CAMH programs and services.
The term for membership is 3 years, with the
possibility of renewal for up to 3 terms. We are proud to have an engaged
For more information please see the links on
the right side of this page, or contact Janet Mawhinney, CAMH Director,
Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org