TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Toronto's Queen West neighbourhood and the
province's health care system alike will benefit from the August 24
announcement that a Family Health Team (FHT) will be housed locally at
the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Like the FHTs currently providing care to more than 2.3 million
Ontarians, the Queen West Village Family Health Team will bring
together family physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and
other professionals in one setting to provide health care for the
community, including seeing patients who do not have a family doctor.
This will be the first FHT formally linked to a mental health and
addictions hospital, ensuring that a full range of mental illness and
addiction treatment are woven into the mix of primary health care
services being provided to the community.
"This is a landmark initiative for CAMH," said CAMH President and CEO
Dr. Catherine Zahn today. "It will address the interface between mental
and physical health care, and decrease the obstacles that prevent people
from receiving care for mental illness and addiction because of fear and
"What makes these Family Health Teams so valuable is that each one is
developed with the needs of the community in mind," says the Hon. Deb
Matthews, minister of Health and Long-term Care, in her announcement
of 30 new FHTs.
CAMH's FHT application was based on the proven need for improved health
care services for all Queen West area residents, including current and
former CAMH clients and others with mental health or addictions problems
whose primary care needs are not being met. It was strongly supported by
the Toronto Central Local Health Integration network (LHIN).
CAMH's FHT is also very good news for the rest of Ontario, as CAMH
intends that the Queen West Village FHT will become a model for building
much-needed mental health and addictions services into a primary health
care setting, province-wide, according to Dr. Zahn.
"Locating a FHT here emphasizes the 'urban village' vision of CAMH's
Queen Street redevelopment project, strengthening the model of
community-based care for everyone in a welcoming and inclusive
environment," says Dr. Zahn.
"The Queen West Village FHT will break new ground in providing primary
health care to the community of which CAMH is so much a part, and will
increase access to care for mental illness and addictions,
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 help 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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