Information about CAMH for clients/patients and families
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's leading mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
CAMH combines clinical care, research, policy development, education, health promotion and prevention to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Many people come to CAMH for help, treatment and care - you are not alone.
CAMH is committed to providing client/patient-centred care. We want you to be fully informed about your care and we encourage you to take part in decisions about your treatment.
We strive to make the client/patient experience at CAMH as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Please contact us if you have questions that are not answered in this section.
Inpatient and outpatient programs
CAMH has many clinical, support and rehabilitation programs. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of people who are at risk for mental health and/or addiction issues, at different stages of their lives.
The Access and Transitions Program provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week access to emergency assessment and treatment for adults with mental health and/or addiction issues at the CAMH Emergency Department.
The Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program provides treatment for adults with addictions and mood and anxiety disorders. It also provides women’s programs and specialty clinics such as a borderline personality disorder clinic and a gender identity clinic.
The Complex Mental Illness Program provides treatment for adults with serious and persistent mental illness including schizophrenia and mood disorders. The program also provides treatment for adults under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Review Board.
The Underserved Populations Program provides treatment to three unique patient populations. The Child, Youth and Family Service offers intensive and specialized treatment for children and youth with mental health and/or addiction issues. The Dual Diagnosis Service provides treatment for individuals who have both a developmental disability and an emotional, behavioural or psychiatric issue. The Geriatric Mental Health Service provides assessment and treatment for older adults with mental health and/or addiction issues.