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CAMH Board & Councils Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Constituency Council

The  CAMH 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.


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 bring an interest in and knowledge about mental illness and addictions.

Members participate in twice annual full-day interactive meetings at which they engage with members of the Board of Trustees and CAMH leadership, learn about CAMH initiatives and programs, share information and provide input. 

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 membership. 

For more information please see the links on the right side of this page, or contact Janet Mawhinney, CAMH Director, Community Engagement at

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