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.
CAMH is committed to providing a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for all our employees, patients and visitors. As such, we are a tobacco-free and scent-free environment.
CAMH is committed promoting safety and wellness through reducing the incidents of smoking triggers, reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, and increasing awareness of the impact tobacco use has on others. All individuals are asked to not have any tobacco or smoking products visible when on our campus and exit the property to participate in any smoking activities. Please refer to our campus maps that outline our tobacco-free areas (Queen Street map | College/Russell Street map). We will continue to enhance our tobacco-free initiatives to maintain an environment where clients, staff and visitors can breathe freely. Thank you for your support in keeping CAMH tobacco free!
Scented products can affect our staff, patients and visitors who are sensitive or have allergies. All individuals are asked to refrain from wearing or using scented personal products while in any CAMH buildings. Scented personal products may include fragrances, shampoos and conditioners, hairsprays, deodorants, colognes and aftershaves.
In addition, wherever possible, CAMH uses scent-free cleaning products.