Please note: the MAARS line is answered by the Access CAMH service. This is a centralized intake line which provides phone screening and scheduling for the first appointment. When calling, please state you are calling for a MAARS assessment. | Access CAMH: 416 535-8501, press 2 | Fax referrals to Access CAMH: 416 979-6815 | For all other Addiction Medicine Service inquiries, contact COMPASS: 416 535-8501, ext. 36019.
Types of Treatment and Services Offered
MAARS provides a two-stage addiction assessment process that results in treatment recommendations and referral.
MAARS serves as a front-door to the addictions system for residents from Toronto who may be referred anywhere in Ontario.
At MAARS, we serve adults of all ages, backgrounds, orientations and cultures, and we place special emphasis on reaching out to people who may have difficulty finding the right resources.
MAARS provides a two-stage assessment process:
Phase 1: The first part of the assessment (called Phase 1) involves attending a group-based information and intake session where clients will hear about what our service can offer and begin the assessment by filling out some health-related questionnaires.At the end of this appointment, individuals are scheduled for the second appointment, the Phase 2 assessment.
This session runs every Thursday at 1 p.m. (some exceptions during holiday periods). Please arrive 20 minutes early for paperwork. The session takes about 1 hour. At the end of this session, clients can book an appointment for the second part (Phase 2) of the assessment. Please call to register for Phase 1. Clients can usually attend the next scheduled session.
Phase 2: This part of the assessment involves an individual session with an addiction therapist. During this session, the client and therapist will explore the client’s substance use and mental health through a standardized assessment. Treatment recommendations will be provided based on the range of services and resources that are available, that match the individual’s needs. This session takes between 1-2 hours.
Accessibility: Accommodations are available to clients who require interpretation services, or have any other barrier to attending Phase 1 and/or a two-stage assessment process. Please mention these needs when calling to book an appointment.
Bringing Support Persons: Clients are welcome to bring support persons (e.g. friends, family, professionals) with them to any stage of the assessment process. Support persons may participate in the assessment with consent from the client, and resource handouts for friends and family are available upon request.
Booking: Please call 416 535-8501, press 2 to book your Phase 1 assessment or for additional information.