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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.