CAMH's New Beginnings Clinic provides psychiatric consultation and possible brief culturally sensitive interventions to newly arrived refugees, as well as case consultation for care providers.
CAMH and the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital have been working together to find ways to respond to the mental health needs of Syrian newcomers during and after the resettlement surge. In March 2016, CAMH launched a refugee mental health and wellness service called the New Beginnings Clinic. While this service was developed in response to the resettlement surge of Syrian people, services will not be restricted to this group but will be available to all refugees in their first two years in Toronto.
What We Do
The service has two components:
1) Case consultation - provides primary care providers with access to psychiatrists and social workers for discussion and advice on client/patient cases.
2) Psychiatric consultation and, when appropriate, brief culturally sensitive interventions for newly arrived refugees (eg., GARs, PSRs and refugee claimants) with psychological issues or concerns.
Case consultation provided in component #1 may result in a recommendation for psychiatric consultation and brief culturally sensitive intervention in the CAMH service. Please find details below on how to access either service component.
How To Access Services
For general inquiries or for case consultation requests please contact the clinic’s information line.
New Beginnings Clinic Info Line: 416-535-8501 ext. 31683
Clients can access services by having a direct referral submitted by a Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. The referral form cover sheet and CAMH adult referral form should be completed and submitted to:
New Beginnings Clinic Referral Fax: 416-979-6853