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Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (ON): Neill Carson, Peter Voore, Margaret Gehrs.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (ON)

  • Neill Carson, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario
  • Margaret Gehrs, Director of Interprofessional Practice, Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario
  • Peter Voore, Medical Director, Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario

Creating an Integrated Mental Health and Addiction Assessment Service

As part of its strategic plan (Vision 2020), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has realigned its clinical programs to improve access and quality of care for individuals with complex clinical issues. This quality improvement project focuses on the first step of restructuring the Ambulatory Care and Structured Treatments Program by developing a new integrated ambulatory assessment service that will generate a more complete and useful profile of clients seeking ambulatory care services at CAMH. Environmental scans of service gaps and best practices in other jurisdictions will help also inform the quality improvement process. Change management strategies to create an integrated ambulatory addiction and mental health assessment service will bring together clinical expertise in novel ways that will support centralized access to care, improved client flow and a better understanding of complex and severe presenting issues. This will facilitate more integrated, interprofessional and comprehensive outpatient treatment planning to enhance client safety and the client care experience.