TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The Legislative Assembly's committee on mental
health and addictions has provided Ontario with a blueprint for
improving care, says the province's largest mental health and addictions
"We would like to congratulate Committee chair Kevin Flynn and committee
members from all parties," said Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO of
the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). "The Committee heard
from people across the province, and produced a thoughtful,
The report identified the fact that Ontarians wait too long for
treatment, and that our system of mental health and addiction care
requires fundamental change.
"The Select Committee has recommended that we improve access to a high
quality, coordinated system of care," said Dr. Zahn. "They have provided
the government with sound advice on how to achieve this objective. CAMH
looks forward to working with the government on the establishment of an
organization dedicated to planning and delivering a comprehensive,
accountable system of supports and services."
CAMH appreciates the Committee's commitment to the creation of more
affordable housing for people with mental illness and addictions.
"Supportive housing is a critical component of our system of mental
health and addiction care," noted Dr. Zahn.
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 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 Centre.
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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