CAMH’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020: tomorrow.today, re-affirms our commitment to advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs of people with mental illness, including addictions. As one of the six pillars of this plan, CAMH is committed to “Driving Social Change” by communicating evidence-based public policy to stakeholders and policymakers. Our policy positions are developed in collaboration with a range of experts including scientists, clinicians, educators and people with lived experience.
Alcohol policy in Ontario: Joint statement from CAMH and OPHA
In the context of National Addictions Awareness Week, CAMH and the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) draw attention to the importance of evidence-informed alcohol policy and call on the Government of Ontario to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy for the province.
Police mental health: A Discussion paper
Mental illness is relatively widespread amongst Canadian police officers and a number of police also engage in suicidal behaviours. This discussion paper looks at the stressors that police officers experience as part of their job and as a part of a unique workplace culture. The paper examines some of the work currently being done to address police mental health and offers recommendations for moving forward on this important issue.
Cannabis regulation in Ontario: Submission to the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance
Cannabis use for non-medical (recreational) purposes will become legal on October 17. Many of the legal and regulatory parameters have already been set by the federal government; among the most important areas under provincial jurisdiction are 1) distribution, 2) places of use, and 3) public education and youth prevention. In this submission we provide recommendations in these areas, with emphasis on the retail system.
Highly sweetened alcoholic beverages: Joint submission to Health Canada
Health Canada is proposing to amend the Food and Drug Regulations to restrict the amount of alcohol in single-serve highly sweetened alcoholic beverages. In this joint submission, CAMH and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, the Ontario Public Health Association, and the Canadian Cancer Society offer four recommendations.
Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018: Submission to The Standing Committee on Justice Policy
In this submission, CAMH outlines our support for Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018. We also offer two recommendations to improve the experience of people with mental illness, including addictions, in the province’s correctional facilities: creating a separate health care entity for correctional facilities under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care; and ensuring that connections to the social determinants of health are central to release planning.
Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act): Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
In this submission, we commend the federal government for its approach to cannabis legalization and draw attention to one remaining and significant area of concern: controls on advertising and promotion.
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