Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Contact Information:

33 Russell Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 2S1
Canada
Phone: 416-535-8501 x6096
Fax: 416-595-6399
60 White Squirrel Way
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H4
Canada
Geography served: 
GTA and surrounding areas
Target population: 

People with concurrent addiction and mental health problems

Services provided: 

CD specific programs

  • Concurrent Disorders Service, Addictions Program : Offers consultation, assessment and treatment (group and individual), all on an outpatient basis, for adult individuals (aged 18-65) with co-occurring addiction and mental health problems. Staff also provide clinical consultation to addiction and mental health providers around Ontario. In addition, CAMH as a whole has committed to building CD treatment capacity in all of its clinical programs over the next several years. The expertise that CAMH is continuing to develop in this area is meant to serve as a core resource to assist in CD capacity building throughout the province.
  • There are 3 Clinics within the Concurrent Disorders Service:

1. The Integrative Group Therapies ( IGT ) Clinic which specializes in delivering group therapy treatments:Clients commit to attend treatment for a minimum of 10 weeks to one year. Family issues (support, education, intervention) are addressed with individual family members as needed. The initial assessment process involves 2 to 3 appointments. How to refer: Contact 416-535-8501 ext. 6482.

  • Psychiatric Support Groups for people with severe mental illness concurrent with addiction (open cycles; long-term treatment)
  • Interpersonal Therapy Groups (open cycles; 6-month to 1-year commitment),
  • Trauma Groups: a Stage 1 Seeking Safety Group for people with the experience of trauma and addiction (25 weekly sessions; closed cycles), and a longer-term Stage 2 Trauma Group (weekly sessions; open cycle),
  • and a CBT Group for concurrent Depression and Substance Use (weekly sessions; closed cycles)

2. The Eating Disorders and Addictions (EDA) Clinic which offers specialized outpatient integrated treatment to clients (both male and female) with substance abuse accompanied by an eating disorder, and to clients with concurrent substance use and social phobia and/or generalized anxiety disorder. The treatment approaches involve a variety of modalities, which may include one or more of the following:

  • weekly group sessions
  • weekly one-hour individual psychotherapy sessions
  • meetings with a dietician
  • after-hours telephone consultation.

Clients commit to attend treatment for a minimum of 10 weeks to one year. Family issues (support, education, intervention) are addressed with individual family members as needed. The initial assessment process involves 2 to 3 appointments. How to refer: Contact 416-535-8501 ext. 6482.

3. The Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Clinic which accepts people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (with or without concurrent substance use problems), and offers Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) either through the:

  • 1-Year Program : is an intensive outpatient psychotherapy program involving: a weekly 2-hour DBT Skills Group, plus weekly individual DBT sessions. (The treatment is designed for individuals who are not involved in other primary therapies. How to refer: Self-referral only. Please monitor the outgoing voicemail message at 416-535-8501 ext. 2437 on a monthly basis, for information on when the waitlist will next be open.
  • The DBT Skills Training Group: This is a 20-week group (two hours, once weekly) that offers DBT skills training to people with BPD. Participants are required to have an outside primary therapist while attending this group. How to refer: Self-referral only. Please monitor the outgoing voicemail message at 416-535-8501 ext. 2437 on a monthly basis for updates on the waitlist status.
  • BPD Psychoeducation & Support Group for Families & Significant Others of People with BPD: is an 8-week group (closed cycles) designed to help friends and loved ones of those with BPD develop a better understanding of the disorder, learn skills to improve their relationships, and manage stress. How to refer: Contact 416-535-8501 ext. 6096 to register.

All other programs

  • CAMH has many other programs and services. To find out more you can call 416-595-6111 or 1-800-463-6273 or go to the CAMH website: www@camh.net. About CAMH 
Language capabilities: 

Can vary by program, but includes English

Organization description: 

Established in 1998, CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. 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.

Who can refer: 

Self-referral for all services, with the exception of the Eating Disorders & Addictions Clinic which requires a referral from a physician or mental health professional.

How to access: 
  • There is no referral form for the IGT and BPD Clinics.
  • People interested in accessing the IGT Clinic must first book an assessment appointment with the Assessment Service by calling: 416-595-6128 prior to further evaluation that will be scheduled on a subsequent date by a Concurrent Disorders clinician.
  • People interested in accessing the BPD Clinic can do so directly: 416-535-8501 ext. 2437
  • People interested in accessing the EDA Clinic can do so directly: 416-535-8501 ext. 6482, but require a referral from their physician or mental health professional.