CAMH welcomes McGuinty's commitment to the next phase of the Queen Street Redevelopment Project

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 community.

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 Centre.

SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

For further information:

Media contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH; 416-595-6015


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