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Addictions Services Centre for Addiction
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Concurrent Addictions Inpatient Treatment Service (CAITS)

Please be advised that CAMH has begun the process of reconfiguring our Concurrent Addictions Inpatient Treatment Service (CAITS) as a 24 bed medically supported inpatient unit.    The new CAITS will have a clinically determined length of stay expected to be between 10 and 14 days. Care will be provided by an interprofessional team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied health.  The new service will have a higher staff-to-patient ratio than has been the case in the current residential format for CAITS. 

The new service will take referrals from other inpatient services at CAMH or community-based detox centers.  The role of CAITS will be to prepare clients for outpatient addiction treatment within CAMH or further inpatient/outpatient treatment in the community. 

We are making these changes in a planned gradual fashion between now and September. Please see below for important information about the transition to the new service: 

1.     All clients currently on the wait list, who have submitted a medical package for the current model, will be admitted to CAITS as we transition to the new model over the next several months.  New referrals for CAITS will be admitted based on the new admission criteria. 

2.     All clients currently in the 21 day residential program will receive aftercare services until the beginning of August.  Other outpatient options currently under development will become available at that time for those who require ongoing services.

3.     Women’s skills groups will continue. All clients currently receiving services through these groups will complete treatment. There may be changes to staffing connected to these services over the next several months. We will work through this process to minimize disruption to client care.  New referrals for women’s skills groups will continue to be accepted.

4.     The Rainbow and Aboriginal cycles of the 21 day program will continue unchanged while we develop the new service. Transition of these cycles to the new service model will begin in September.

Note that for clinical reasons, clients seeking admission to the new CAITS program will not be permitted to smoke tobacco during their inpatient stay starting in September, 2016. This means that clients who smoke will need to commit to changing their smoking behaviour during their admission. CAMH is a tobacco free environment and we provide nicotine replacement support.​

 

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