Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), a teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, is the largest addiction and mental health organization in North America. CAMH works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from problems associated with mental illness or addiction affecting individuals, families and communities. 

The four key mandates at CAMH are: client-centred care, education, health promotion/prevention and research.
The core goals of CAMH are to:

  • Improve client-centred quality care, enhance health and improve access to programs and services,
  • Build a culture of integrated and collaborative approaches to discovering, sharing and applying new knowledge,
  • Be a leading and collaborative voice in influencing healthy public policy and broad system improvement. 

In all of its program initiatives, CAMH applies comprehensive, well-coordinated, accessible treatment, community services, research, education, and health promotion and prevention programs.   A major priority of CAMH is the application of evidence-based initiatives.  CAMH assigns major importance to diversity, which entails due attention and sensitivity to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, abilities, religion and sexual orientation. 

CAMH provides a Bio-psychosocial model in a harm reduction context. Treatment is offered as outpatient services, non-medical detoxification, inpatient medical detoxification and residential substance abuse treatment. It offers gambling addiction treatment. Treatments are offered in hospital, in the community, and in outpatient offices.

This organization brings many years of relative experience across the total spectrum of psychoactive drugs.  This includes extensive experience in training and education both at home and in many other countries.  One useful yield from these activities is a wide array of print and electronic materials to support training activities. Participation in the Network will extend the Centre's range of collaborative international activities, provide new opportunities for international exchange, contribute to improving health care in target regions and enhance the experience of personnel involved.  As with all international experiences, the experience gained will add to our ability to serve our multicultural population at home. 

CAMH can contribute to training and education related to a vast array of evidence-based strategies and program approaches.  The Centre's program evaluation and research expertise should prove useful to the project and can, itself, provide subject matter for training.

Working Group

Community based treatment

Contact Details:
Director:       Paul Garfinkel, MD, FRCP
Focal Point: Mr. Akwatu Khenti, Director International Health Programs
Address:       1001 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1H4, Canada
Phone:           +1-416-535-8501
Fax:                +1-416-595-50-19
Website:         http://www.camh.net/

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