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Children’s Psychotic Disorders Program – CAMH

Group Name: Children’s Psychotic Disorders Program – CAMH

Description: Primarily a consultation service for children with disorder involving psychosis (up to age 16) and their caregivers.

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Mood & Anxiety Clinic for youth – CAMH

Group: Mood & Anxiety Clinic – CAMH

Description: For families of registered CAMH clients of the Child, Youth and Family Program only. For children (ages 4 to 17) with depression, anxiety/other mood disorders and their caregivers. Providing as part of an individualized treatment plan after assessment, this service involves:

• brief supportive therapy and psychoeducation
• wait time for initial assessment is approximately 6 to 8 months

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Strengthening Families for the Future – CAMH

Strengthening Families for the Future – CAMH

Description: Families with children who are 7 – 11 whose parents have mental health or addiction problems. Providing prevention for children and families at risk:

• a 14-week program psycho education that builds skills and knowledge that promote positive family functioning, and resiliency. The program is free, includes dinner and childcare for children under age 7.

Contact: 416 535-8501

Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service – Family Addiction Service

Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service – Family Addiction Service

Description: Family Addiction Service for parents/caregivers of substance-using youth (aged 14 to 24). Providing: Support for parents including:

• Psychoeducation groups (4-6 sessions)
• 2-hour educational workshops for parents of youth with substance use problems (monthly sessions)

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Problem Gambling Service – Russell Street site

Problem Gambling Service – Russell Street site

Description: family members of those with gambling problems, whether or not the individual who gambles is attending treatment.

Providing: confidential services in person and/or by phone. (Family members are registered as clients except in the case of brief phone consultation):

• Couple and family counseling
• Telephone counseling and consultation
• Counseling specialized to the needs of youth, women, diverse ethnocultural populations and older adults
• Services in four languages, and many others by referral

Contact: 416 535-8501 Or call direct: 416 599-1322, or toll-free in Ontario: 1-888-647-4414

Where: Satellite Offices: The Scarborough Hospital, 2425 Eglinton Ave. E., Suite 301. Pace West, 3170 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Suite 202

Support for parents – CAMH

Better Behaviour Service For: parents of children (aged 4-18) with externalizing and disruptive behaviour.

Providing: support for parents including:

• Psychoeducation groups
• Incredible Year Parenting Program (12 sessions) offered twice a year

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

For: Youth (aged 13-24) and their caregivers, siblings, extended family members and community elders

Providing: harm reduction treatment, family support, psychoeducation and support groups to treat addictions and concurrent mental health problems in Black youth, including:

• individual and family interventions conducted either at CAMH or in the community
• psychoeducational and support groups (4 or 16 weeks) conducted either at CAMH or in the community

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)





John Howard Society – Addiction and Harm Reduction Services

Group Name: John Howard Society – Addiction and Harm Reduction Services

Description: This service is available to provide harm reduction services to reduce risk of substance abuse. This service is provided through educational sessions at the Toronto South Detention Centre and in weekly relapse prevention groups at our Eglinton location. This service is also provided through one-to-one counselling and assessments. Referrals are made to treatment programs to further support individuals with their plan of care.

Where: 1669 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, Ontario M6E 2H4

Contact: Peter Markwell  416-925-4386 ext. 226 | |

Sistering – Harm Reduction Program

Group Name: Sistering – Harm Reduction Program

Description: Harm reduction recognizes that a percentage of the population will engage in high risk behaviours such as substance use, alcohol consumption and unsafe sex. Harm reduction offers a social justice and public health response to drug use, as opposed to a criminalizing one. It focuses on reducing the harm associated with high risk behaviours and aims to improve the health and safety of our participants and our community. Harm reduction also provides effective alternatives for working with participants who are street-involved and at risk by focusing on reducing social, economic and health related problems or issues. It is based on the participant’s needs “where they are at”—respecting, honouring and supporting their ability to make decisions.

Five of Sistering’s participants have become Harm Reduction Peers, and under the guidance of coordinator Carol Danis, have been trained by the City’s continued on next page public health department. e peers have attended workshops, and know how to implement safer drug practices in their outreach. Because the peers are the best source of information (based on their own experiences), they help to determine effective interventions to reduce the harm caused by use. e peer workers educate drug users on how to use drugs more safely and teach safer sex practices to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. The peer workers function as a team to promote health, safety and support. They o-er continuous support to fellow peers at Sistering, as well as other partnering agencies such as Queen West Community Centre, All Saints Church, Regent Park Community Health Centre and Parkdale Community Health Centre. As well, Outreach is focused on pockets of marginalized areas in the city, especially where women have little or no access to services. Peers make and distribute safer smoking and injection kits as well as make referrals to other health agencies which provide support to women in need.

KAPOW (Knowledge and Power of Women), a support group for women-identified sex workers in Parkdale, also partners with Sistering’s Harm Reduction Peers sharing resources, knowledge and providing peer support.

While Sistering’s Peer Harm Reduction Program assists female drug users in staying healthier, it just as importantly helps the peers facilitating the program to feel inspired—their contributions drive their own personal growth and help them to better manage their own lives. Participating in outreach is rewarding. Peers receive recognition from the community, and they are often told by the women they help, that they are happy the peers are there. It is a peer-to-peer relationship that is mutually beneficial and inspiring.

Sistering’s Harm Reduction work has also improved the lives of peers, and challenges them to better themselves and respond better to high risk situations. “Perhaps the most important aspect of this job is seeing how the women learn to love themselves and strive to become all they can be. It is wonderful to be able to see how far they have come, despite all they have been through. The strength and perseverance of these women never fails to amaze me,” says Danis.

Where: 962 Bloor St West, Toronto ON

Contact: 416-926-9762 | |

SickKids – Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program for Adolescents.

Group Name: SickKids – Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program for Adolescents.



  •  A day program for adolescents coping with issues related to substance use/abuse.
  • Implements the “Harm Reduction” model of care for adolescents as individuals and within groups.
  • Assistance with school program.
  • Facilitate and co-facilitate therapeutic groups.
  • Provides support to parents and caregivers of youth.
  • Work with adolescent in a “Primary Worker” function to assist with development of treatment goals.
  • Work with youth to acknowledge success and strategies to support their efforts as they transition to community.


Where: 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X8

Contact: 416-813-1500 |


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