TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Dr. Catherine Zahn, CEO of the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), welcomed the commitment
from Dalton McGuinty to fund the next phase of CAMH's visionary Queen
Street Redevelopment project. CAMH is transforming the forbidding site
of the 1850 "Provincial Lunatic Asylum" into a new kind of hospital for
the 21st century, creating a state-of-the-art treatment facility where being
part of the community is part of the treatment.
"We are extremely pleased with the commitment to move forward with
CAMH's Redevelopment Project announced today," Dr. Catherine Zahn said.
"CAMH looks forward to working with the Province of Ontario and our
other partners on the CAMH project."
"We need to transform care for people with mental illness and addictions
-- replace outmoded institutional facilities with new therapeutic
buildings specially designed for independence, dignity and recovery. We
need to change attitudes while we revitalize our community. And we need
to expand our research and advance our understanding of these
devastating illnesses that directly affect one in five Canadians. This
phase of the CAMH Redevelopment will allow us to do that, and more."
The third phase of CAMH's new state-of-the-art facility will integrate
patient care with cutting-edge research, education, policy development
and health promotion in the areas of both mental health and addictions.
This integrative approach will advance knowledge and innovation,
leading to improved prevention, new treatments and a healthier
Phase 1C will bring Toronto the Centre for Discovery and Knowledge Exchange. The first of its kind for mental health and addictions, this centre
will serve CAMH's research and innovation enterprise, attracting the
best scientists from around the world to advance our understanding of
these illnesses, find better treatments and eventually a cure.
The third phase of the CAMH Redevelopment will create new patient care facilities for those individuals experiencing the most
complex and serious mental illnesses. Currently these illnesses are treated in outmoded, institutional
cinder block buildings that fail to meet province-wide mental health
hospital standards and are not conducive to patient dignity.
In Phase 1C, individuals from across Ontario with schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), or with both mental health
and intellectual disabilities (dual diagnosis) will receive treatment in high quality, recovery-oriented facilities
that will support the best possible care, in an environment that
fosters respect, dignity and hope.
The third phase combines CAMH's clinical care, knowledge exchange and
research enterprises. Scientists, clinicians and educators will work
side by side to translate the most innovative discoveries into the best
treatment for people with mental illness and addictions, and to
transfer this knowledge across the province and around the world.
"The CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment promises to change the future of
mental health, and transform many, many lives," Dr. Zahn added.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the
world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental
health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy
development, prevention and health promotion to transform the lives of
people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan
American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
For further information:
Media contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH; 416-595-6015