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​The Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health

​​It is estimated 45 per cent of adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities — such as an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder or Down syndrome — also have a mental illness or addiction. That’s more than 30,000 people under 65 in Ontario alone.

Yet people with mental illness and co-occurring neurodevelopmental disabilities face profound challenges in getting the care they need. Complicated and interwoven medical, behavioural and psychiatric needs often leave patients and their families overwhelmed.

Simply put, the mental health care system is letting them down.

Through the Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health — a new research and education hub — we will drive discovery, build greater capacity, and train the experts of tomorrow in this field. The ripple effect of this work will reach across Canada, and ultimately around the world. 

Created through a visionary $10.4-million gift from the Azrieli Foundation and directed by Dr. Yona Lunsky, this centre is built upon four pillars: Clinical Innovation; Research Excellence; Education and Training; and Knowledge Exchange.

  • Clinical Innovation: Clinician scientists and fellows will train within a rich clinical setting, receiving exposure to a wide-range of services for this diverse population.

  • Research Excellence: The Azrieli Centre will drive innovative research that will lead to better care for this population.

  • Education and Training: Fellows and clinician scientists will work closely with CAMH education and the Professional Practice Office to integrate teaching about this population into mental health care curriculum and clinical training opportunities.

  • Knowledge Exchange: To maximize the reach of discovery and educational efforts, the Azrieli Centre will transform the way information and resources for this population are shared across the entire CAMH family, including our care providers, patients, their families and our community.      

The Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health will create hope for more complete recovery than ever thought possible. It will help people with both a neurodevelopmental disability and a mental illness reach their true potential. It will share valuable knowledge throughout the province and nationally so no one falls through the cracks. It will create the care this population — that everyone — deserves.​​​








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