We Have Expanded – Great NEWS!
The CAMH Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) has expanded thanks to increased funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care after a joint proposal was made by CAMH, Rainbow Health Ontario, Sherbourne Health Centre and Women’s College Hospital for the purposes of improving health care to Trans people. CAMH received funds to hire three new staff, including two social workers and a psychologist, who all started in September 2016. Work is on-going to improve and expand services to trans individuals in consultation with our partners and consumers.
The Adult Gender Identity Clinic at CAMH offers specialty services to both individuals and their primary care practitioners in Ontario in regard to issues related to gender identity and expression.
The clinic offers consultations and support to individuals over 18 who wish to explore issues related to their gender identity, which may include any degree of transgender expression. Consultation and support may include: comprehensive mental health assessments, individual support and treatment, group-based support and treatment, as well as recommendations for surgery funding and referrals for clients seeking transition-related surgeries.
For Community Professionals
The Adult Gender Identity Clinic provides support and consultations to primary care practitioners and other clinicians in the community and in other health care settings to help them help their clients reach their goals related to gender identity and expression. This may include consultations in regard to completing a mental health assessment, consultation in regard to completing a surgery approval assessment, or -being a second assessor for surgery approvals. The Adult Gender Identity Clinic will work collaboratively with you and your organization/practice to help you meet your client’s goals. Clinicians and organizations wanting consultation by the clinic for clients currently on our wait list should call Marilyn Lindsay at 416-535-8501 ext. 30985.
The Referral Process for Individuals
The clinic accepts referrals for assessments, treatment, and consultation regarding transition-related surgery from a licensed physician (MD) or nurse practitioner (NP). Ask your health care provider to fill out the CAMH Adult Referral Form available on this website. It should be faxed to Access CAMH, CAMH’s new centralized intake. If you have any questions about the referral or intake process, please call Access CAMH. The contact information for referrals is:
Access CAMH phone: 416-535-8501, press 2
Access CAMH fax: 416-979-6815
New Service: TRANSinFORMATION Sessions for clients already on our waitlist
Starting in January 2017 the Adult Gender Identity clinic will hold regular information sessions designed to assist individuals who have already been referred to the Gender Identity Clinic in moving forward with transition. Please see our poster (go to link)
WAITLIST STATUS- in the past few years the waitlist grew quickly and waits for service were up to 30 months. With increased staffing and more options in the community for individuals wishing to transition we are working hard to decrease wait times. The information below will be updated monthly.
The Adult Gender Identity Clinic is located in Toronto on the 3rd floor at 100 Stokes Street, CAMH Queen Street Site, (Queen and Ossington). However, some appointments take place at 250 College Street, CAMH College Street site (College and Spadina). The appointment location will be confirmed with you at the time appointments are made. The clinic also uses tele-medicine (you go to a local health provider, usually a local hospital, where video conferencing is available) to improve access to service for clients who live outside of Toronto. Typically, this is used for second and or subsequent appointments.