Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Slated For Major Redevelopment

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Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Slated For Major Redevelopment

Ministry of Infrastructure

Provincial Investment Will Begin Consolidation Of Addiction and Mental Health Services TORONTO, Sept. 9 - Ontario's most vulnerable - those with mental health and addiction problems - will benefit from a major redevelopment of Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan announced today. "The McGuinty government is re-building Ontario's public infrastructure, and this project is an essential part of our plan to modernize hospitals, reduce waiting times and upgrade medical equipment in the GTA and throughout the province," Caplan said. "The province's infrastructure investments are helping us build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous Ontario." This project is the first phase of CAMH's 10-year, three-phase redevelopment plan for its Queen Street site. The redevelopment will allow the centre to provide clients with two types of inpatient care in upgraded facilities - including Alternate Milieu beds for the care and recovery of clients in a homelike setting, and the first of the centre's modernized core bed buildings, to support its Geriatric Mental Health Program and Child, Youth and Family Program. "Today's exciting announcement will let us begin transforming the care we provide to people who have mental health and addiction problems as well as other disorders," said Dr. Paul Garfinkel, president and CEO of the CAMH. "The government's investment will let us create facilities that support client dignity, recovery and transition back into the community, while integrating the best in clinical care, research, teaching, health promotion, and policy at one site." The Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal has approved the initiative as two separate projects: a traditionally financed approach for the Alternate Milieu bed project to begin construction in 2006/07 and an alternative financing and procurement approach for the remainder of the phase one project, commencing construction in 2008/09. This means the construction work for the majority of the redevelopment will be financed and carried out by the private sector, which will assume the financial risks if the project is not finished on time and on budget. The completed facility will be publicly owned, controlled and accountable. "Our government knows that our greatest asset is our people, and that their greatest asset is their health," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. "This major provincial investment will ensure that people in the Greater Toronto Area have access to the modern, effective mental health programs and services they need. "Innovative financing models allow hospitals to harness private-sector capital and expertise and move forward quickly with projects that will benefit patients and their communities," said Hilary Short, president and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA). "That is why the OHA has long supported the use of these models to finance the construction and modernization of Ontario's hospitals." Under the province's ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan, the McGuinty government and its partners are investing $5 billion over the next five years to improve Ontario's health care facilities. Disponible en français www.pir.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- September 9, 2005 REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH'S QUEEN STREET SITE The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. CAMH transforms the lives of people affected by addiction and mental illness by applying the latest in scientific advances through integrated and compassionate clinical practice, health promotion, education and research. The CAMH has central facilities in Toronto and in 26 other communities throughout Ontario. The centre is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. Mental illness and addictions affect one out of every four people, touching every family in the province. Some of Ontario's most vulnerable population - people who have mental health and addiction problems - will benefit from a transformation of care, thanks to the major provincial government investment in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's redevelopment project. This is the first step in CAMH's transformation, which will enable the Centre to implement a new model of care for its clients. The new model will include innovative new options for inpatient treatment that support clients' transitions to the community and community supports when they no longer require the specialized services offered at CAMH. The province's investment in the first phase of CAMH's multi-phase redevelopment project will allow for the construction of two types of in-patient care - including Alternate Milieu beds for the care and recovery of clients in a homelike setting, and the first of the centre's modernized core bed buildings, to support its Geriatric Mental Health Program and Child, Youth and Family Program. This part of the project includes the first 12 new beds in Toronto offering youth withdrawal management and the capacity to provide care for youth and adolescents with addictions and concurrent disorders. The redeveloped site will eventually bring together programs and services that are currently being delivered at four CAMH sites. This will help the centre better integrate care for people who have concurrent disorders, those who have both mental health and addiction problems. It will also allow the centre to integrate its clinical, research, health promotion, policy, and education and training work at the Queen Street site. This will help to promote advances in care and recovery. Alternative Financing and Procurement The Government of Ontario has approved this initiative as two separate projects: a traditionally financed approach for the Alternate Milieu bed project to begin construction in 2006/07, and an alternative financing and procurement approach for the rest of the phase one project commencing construction in 2008/09. This means that the construction work for the majority of the development will be financed and carried out by the private sector. The alternative financing approach will allow for the project to be completed on budget and on time and for the construction risk to be transferred over to the private sector. Framework for Planning, Financing and Procuring Infrastructure The government has made it clear that public hospitals, and also schools and water and sewage treatment facilities, will remain under public ownership and control. All aspects of the Queen Street redevelopment project will be consistent with the principles of the government's Building a Better Tomorrow framework announced by Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan in July 2004. The guiding principles of the framework are: 1. The public interest is paramount. 2. Value for money must be demonstrable. 3. Appropriate public control/ownership must be preserved. 4. Accountability must be maintained. 5. All processes must be fair, transparent and efficient. ReNew Ontario The redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Queen Street facility is part of ReNew Ontario - the government's five-year infrastructure investment strategy. Under this strategy, the province and its partners will invest $30 billion over the next five years in Ontario's public infrastructure. ReNew Ontario commits the government and its partners to investing $5 billion in health care by 2010. Over the next five years, the goal is to modernize Ontario's health infrastructure by updating equipment and expanding capacity to meet the needs of the province's growing and aging population. The long-term infrastructure investment plan is designed to support the government's goal of achieving better health for Ontarians. Disponible en français www.pir.gov.on.caFor further information: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; Shannon McFadyen, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1316