Celebrating a new health care complex at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health



    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of
Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Paul Garfinkel, President and CEO of CAMH, and
John Hunkin, Chair of the CAMH Foundation Board of Directors today launched
the start of work to begin preparing the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health's (CAMH) Queen Street site for the next phase in its redevelopment
project (Phase 1B). The event took place on the west lawn where the Minister
helped to unveil a project sign to mark the occasion.
    Once construction begins, the Phase 1B project is expected to create
hundreds of construction jobs and spur economic spin-off activity that will
benefit the entire community and region.
    "The redevelopment of CAMH's Queen Street site will transform the face of
addiction and mental health treatment," said Minister Smitherman. "Investing
in our health care infrastructure is a great way to stimulate our economy,
create jobs and build stronger and healthier communities."
    "The transformation of our campus will reflect and support the
state-of-the-art care our team delivers to the community while continuing to
break down the stigma associated with mental illness," said Dr. Paul
Garfinkel, CAMH President and CEO.
    The Phase 1B of CAMH's 27-acre redevelopment project, which is expected
to begin in early 2010, will continue the makeover of 1001 Queen Street West
from an institutional campus to a community setting for client care. It will
fully integrate CAMH's addiction program at one site and support increased
staff collaboration.
    Phase 1B includes demolition of an existing building and construction of
three new buildings, designed to meet the needs of people requiring mental
health and addiction services. The new Intergenerational Wellness Centre will
include:

    
    -   12 new beds - the first of their kind in Toronto - for youth dealing
        with mental health and addictions issues;
    -   the Geriatric Mental Health Program, which combines 48 in-patient
        beds with a suite of outpatient programming and supports.
    

    This phase also includes the CAMH Gateway Building, which will house
outpatient services for CAMH's Addiction and Mood and Anxiety Programs, the
primary care clinic and other central services.
    To ensure that CAMH's facilities continue to function smoothly and
efficiently during the demolition of an existing building and the construction
of the three new buildings of the Queen Street redevelopment project, the
following work will be completed on the site:

    
    -   Construction of a temporary hydro substation.
    -   Construction of New Street, an east-west street that will eventually
        run through the middle of CAMH's urban village from White Squirrel
        Way to the intersection of Gordon Bell Road.
    -   Installation of underground services between Queen Street West and
        future New Street.
    -   Construction of the future Workman Way between Queen Street West and
        future New Street.
    

    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are
working with CAMH to build the new facilities, which will remain publicly
owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. Infrastructure Ontario is
a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and
more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time
and on budget.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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    Backgrounder

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a teaching and
research hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH uses
the latest in scientific advances (i.e., integrated and clinical practice,
health promotion, education, policy and research) to transform the lives of
people affected by addiction and mental illness.

    Centre for Addition and Mental Health Phase 1B Redevelopment Project

    Phase 1B is one step in the multi-phased redevelopment of 1001 Queen
Street West, located in Toronto. The redevelopment project will transform an
institutional campus into an urban village setting.
    Phase 1B includes construction of three new buildings: the
Intergenerational Wellness Centre, a client care building for CAMH's Child,
Youth & Family and Geriatric Mental Health Programs; the CAMH Gateway
Building, an outpatient, administration and facility support building; and a
Utilities and Parking Building that combines a new central plant, gymnasium
and parking facilities. In total, over 450,000 square feet of new space will
be created in this phase.

    
    Child, Youth and Family Program

    -   The Intergenerational Wellness Centre will provide capacity for 12
        new beds for youths aged 14 to 18 who are dealing with both mental
        health and addiction issues - a vulnerable and high-needs group.
    -   The youth inpatient beds are the first of their kind in Toronto,
        answering the need for high-quality care to under serviced groups.
    -   The new beds will complement CAMH's existing Child, Youth & Family
        outpatient services

    Integration of Mental Health and Addiction Programs

    -   The Geriatric Mental Health Program will combine 48 inpatient beds
        with a suite of outpatient programming and supports.
    -   Integrating inpatient and outpatient programs in one building will
        simplify and improve client access to CAMH's programs and reflect its
        client-centered philosophy of care.
    -   Addiction and mental health treatment will be integrated at the Queen
        Street hub and no longer split between different locations.
    -   The co-location of addiction and mental health professionals will
        increase collaboration between CAMH staff and improve results for
        clients, particularly the 40 per cent who have both disorders.

    Other transformations

    -   A new outpatient and administrative building, the CAMH Gateway
        Building, will be used for outpatient programming, administration and
        facility support.
    -   The Utilities and Parking Building will combine a new central plant,
        an above-grade parking garage, and CAMH's new gymnasium.
    

    The three new buildings of Phase 1B redevelopment project feature large
windows and plenty of natural light.
    A private courtyard for CAMH clients, generous sidewalks and tree-lined
boulevards, will also be featured on the site.
    Construction of Phase 1B redevelopment project, beginning with the
demolition of the existing Administration Building, is scheduled to begin in
early 2010. The three new buildings are scheduled to be complete and open in
late 2012.





For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Energy and
Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Mandy Downes, Infrastructure Ontario, (416)
327-5246; R. Christopher Edey, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH),
(416) 535-8501, Ext. 3248


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