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Health Care Policy

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CAMH advocates for positive system change by working collaboratively on public policy issues that relate to mental health and addiction. Since 1999, CAMH has dedicated resources to public policy development. With input from staff, clients, family and stakeholders, CAMH has advocated for changes in government policies in areas like housing, income supports, harm reduction, mandatory drug testing, and health care reform. A list of public policy documents submitted by CAMH is provided.


For more information (English only) on CAMH's work in this area consult the Public Policy and Health Promotion section visit our KnowledgeX website. The Government and Legislation section of the site includes submissions on a variety of legislative bills, as well as pre-budget submissions and pre-election documents.


Ministère de la santé et des soins de longue durée (MSSLD) / Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MHLTC)

The Ministry's website provides information about the various components of the health care system in Ontario. It also provides information about the policies, services and programs of the Ministry as well as about the administration. Detailed information about the Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), Community Health Centres, hospitals etc. are also found under Health Services throughout the Province.


Open Minds, Healthy Minds : Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

This is the Ontario governement's plan to support mental health throughout life, from childhood to old age, and to provide the integrated services and supports that Ontarians need if they experience a mental illness or addictions. It will create more coordinated, responsive, client-centred mental health and addictions services throughout the province.

Réseaux locaux d’intégration des services de santé (RLISS) / Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) 

In 2006, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care created 14  Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). By April 1, 2007, LHINs took on full responsibility for health services in their communities. 

The main roles of the LHINs are to plan, fund and integrate health care services locally. Each LHIN has an Integrated Health Service Plan tailored to local needs. LHINs also work with communities to help integrate health services so care is better coordinated and more efficient.


CAMH Policy Research Updates

(English only with some information in French)

A weekly update on international health, public policy and research news, articles and events. This feature is provided by CAMH on our Knowledge Exchange website.


Although health care is a provincial responsibility, the federal government takes leadership on health care issues. The Public Health Agency of Canada's primary goal is to strengthen Canada’s capacity to protect and improve the health of Canadians. Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. 


The Government of Quebec offers three interesting websites on the topic of health policy. The Public Policy and Health portal (Portail politiques publiques et santé) helps the Institut national de santé publique du Québec provide information on the impact of public policy on the health and well-being of the population of Quebec. The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy NCCHPP (Le Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé (CCNPPS) has the goal of supporting public health stakeholders across Canada in their efforts to promote healthy public policies. The Healthy Public Policy Research Group (Groupe d'étude sur les politiques publiques et la santé, GÉPPS) researches the processes involved in producing public policies.


The Organisation mondiale de la santé / World Health Organization is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters and develops evidence-based policy options. The web site contains excellent resources on health policy issues.