The Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and
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.
Innovation: Clinician scientists and fellows will train within a rich
clinical setting, receiving exposure to a wide-range of services for this
Excellence: The Azrieli Centre will drive innovative research that will
lead to better care for this population.
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
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.