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Dual Diagnosis Services Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Dual Diagnosis Service

CAMH's Dual Diagnosis Service helps people who have a dual diagnosis, and offers support to their families and care providers. In Ontario, "dual diagnosis" refers to people who have both a developmental disability and emotional, behavioural or psychiatric difficulties. 

The Dual Diagnosis Service helps people who have:

  • A history of unclear assessment and diagnosis
  • A history of medical problems, such as limited effects of medication, side-effects of medication or being on many medications at once
  • Other health issues, such as communications disorders or seizure disorders that complicate treatment.


The Dual Diagnosis service provides services which are coordinated within the broader continuum of supports and services, using approaches that integrate mental health and developmental perspectives. We operate both as an inpatient unit and as a community-based service.

The Dual Diagnosis service primarily serves people who live in the old cities of Toronto, North York (west of Yonge St.), York, Etobicoke, Peel Region and Homes for Special Care in York Region. We consider referrals from outside our LHIN that match the service we provide,  and when we have capacity.  We also work closely with similar services across the province to facilitate timely response and the provision of care closer to home

Dual Diagnosis Resource Service (Toronto)

Provides consultation, assessment, diagnosis, time limited treatment, , education, training and system facilitation including referrals to housing, vocational, educational and treatment services. Consultation and support to family members and service providers caring for individuals with Dual Diagnosis. Time-limited case management is available as part of these services.

To access the service please contact Access CAMH, the centralized intake service at CAMH.  Access CAMH ensures the right patient gets to the right place at the right time.

Access CAMH contact 416-535-8501, press 2

Referral Required: No
New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using the referral form below.

- CAMH Referral Form (PDF)

Location: 1001 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 164


Dual Diagnosis Peel Region Consultation Service

Provides consultation, assessment, diagnosis, program recommendations, system facilitation, crisis planning, education and training.

To access the service please contact Access CAMH, the centralized intake service at CAMH.  Access CAMH ensures the right patient gets to the right place at the right time.

Access CAMH contact 416-535-8501, press 2

Referral Required: No
New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using the referral form below.

- CAMH Referral Form (PDF)

Location: 30 Eglinton Avenue West Suite 801, Mississauga, Ontario, L5R 3E7

Dual Diagnosis Day Treatment Service

The Dual Diagnosis Service offers Day Treatment for the inpatient unit and for individuals in the community who can benefit from time-limited admission for consultation, assessment, treatment, training and skills development as an alternative to hospitalization.

Referral Required: Access through consultation services.

Contact: Toronto: (416) 535-8501, ext. 37809

Contact: Peel: (416) 535-8501, ext. 77713

Location: Queen Street site, Unit 4, 4th floor

Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Unit

This unit has beds for time limited admission, assessment and treatment for clients referred with a dual diagnosis.

Referral Required: Access is through the consultation service.

Contact: Toronto: (416) 535-8501, ext. 37809

Contact: Peel: (416) 535-8501, ext. 72870

Location: Queen Street site, Unit 4, 4th floor

Additional Resources:

For more information on dual diagnosis in Ontario, please refer to the attached:

Dual Diagnosis paper (Susan Morris, 2003)

Joint Policy Guidelines for the Provision of Community Mental Health and Developmental Services for Adults with a Dual Diagnosis

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/pub/mental/joint_policy_guideline.pdf

​​CBC's The Current "Dual Diagnosis: The Long Way Home" Podcast

Dual Diagnosis' Clinical Research Page 

Dual Diagnosis Researcher Yona Lunsky's Scientific Profile

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