TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The new Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH) officially opened today, providing healing spaces that
respect the dignity of clients and their families and offer more
support for interdisciplinary care and more effective treatment of
CAMH has transformed its downtown campus into a modern mental health and
addictions facility that provides treatment in a community setting with
the construction of three new buildings. In total, more than 539,000
square feet of new space has been created in this phase of the CAMH
Queen Street redevelopment project.
The Intergenerational Wellness Centre provides specialized programs for
seniors with complex mental health issues as well as Canada's first
inpatient program dedicated to youth struggling with both addictions
and mental illness.
The Bell Gateway Building brings together outpatient programs, central
clinical services, laboratories, and the support and administrative
functions required by CAMH's Queen Street hub. A gymnasium shares the
ground floor with the client-run Out of This World Café.
The Utilities and Parking Building features street level meeting and
hearing rooms, client assessment space and a unique historical display.
An environmentally efficient central plant provides heating and cooling
functions for all three new buildings.
In addition to the buildings, new roads, sidewalks, boulevards and green
spaces built alongside a mix of retail and affordable residential units
on the CAMH site will give shape to this vibrant downtown community.
It is the first hospital in Ontario to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.
Carillion Health Solutions was selected to design, build, finance and
maintain the redevelopment project and began construction of the new
facilities in January 2010. The project reached substantial completion on May 31, 2012, on schedule and within budget. Approximately 350 construction
workers were on-site daily at the peak of construction.
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
have worked with CAMH and Carillion Health Solutions to redevelop the
hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and
publicly accountable. In addition, more than 25,000 private donors
contributed to the redevelopment through CAMH Foundation's Transforming
Lives Campaign - the world's largest fundraising campaign for a mental
CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital,
as well as one of the world's leading research centres for addiction
and mental health issues. 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.
Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, CAMH is a Pan American
Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering
some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects, on time and on budget. It also manages one of the largest
real estate portfolios in Canada; provides real estate services, such
as asset management, and property and land management; and provides the
public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing
to renew public infrastructure.
Visit www.camh.ca or www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The redevelopment of CAMH supports the goals of our Action Plan for
Health Care when it comes to early intervention in mental health. It's
so important for people facing mental illness and addictions challenges
to remain part of the community, in order to combat stigma and speed up
recovery. Congratulations and to everyone who made this redevelopment
Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services
"CAMH's transformative new facilities will ensure that children and
youth facing mental health and addictions challenges get the help they
need in a leading-edge setting. I want to thank everyone at CAMH for
their hard work and dedication to seeing this redevelopment through so
that they can continue to provide the best possible care for families."
Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH
"Light-filled, environmentally green and built for healing, these new
buildings will help CAMH transform care for people with mental illness
and addiction. Woven into the neighbourhood to break down prejudice and
stigma, we're building a new kind of hospital, where being part of the
community is part of the treatment."
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health