To achieve optimal addictions and mental health outcomes for Ontarians by providing leadership, being the collective voice of our members, and engaging partners.
A comprehensive and accessible system of care for addictions and mental health, which improves the well-being of all individuals, families and communities in Ontario.
Who We Are
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) represents 200 addiction and mental health organizations in Ontario. Our members provide services and supports that help Ontarians across the province with their recovery, including community-based counselling and case management, peer support and consumer run businesses, residential treatment, withdrawal management, supportive housing and hospital based programs.
What we do
As the collective voice of our members, we provide leadership and engage partners to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care, and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario. We do this through policy work, advocacy initiatives, service development, knowledge exchange, education offerings and quality improvement work.
Why we do it
In any year, 2.5 million Ontarians will experience an addiction or mental illness challenge. Yet as many as one third of Ontarians who identify themselves as needing mental health or addiction services report not getting help, or having their needs only partially met. Those who do reach out for help often face significant wait times for services. While mental illness and addiction represent 10% of the burden of disease, around 6% of Ontario’s public investment in health care addresses these problems.
We are a network of 200 Members in Ontario working together to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care.
Our members provide a range of community-based addiction and mental health services and supports that help Ontarians with their recovery. These include:
- supportive housing
- residential addiction treatment
- case management, counselling
- peer and family support
- employment programs
- withdrawal management
- community treatment
AMHO Strategic Plan
AMHO has launched its inaugural Strategic Plan – “Building on Our Strengths.”
AMHO’s Strategic Plan will help the organization build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care, and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario. The plan will guide AMHO’s priorities from 2016 to 2019.
AMHO launched the plan at its 2016 Annual Conference – Person-Centered Care. Walking the Talk – to recognize “our sector’s shared commitment to helping people with mental illness and addictions, who often come to us at the most vulnerable time in their lives,” said Gail Czukar, CEO of AMHO.
AMHO’s Strategic Plan will help the organization embrace its vision of ensuring a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care, and improving the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario.
Together We Can
We are pleased to release our Annual Report 2018/2019, which shares highlights of what we have accomplished together 2018/2019.
This year’s annual report highlights progress made in different categories:
- Government relations
- Member relations
- Public Advocacy
- Quality Improvement
View previous annual reports:
Carol Lambie - President
President & CEO
Waypoint Center for Mental Health Care
Carol Lambie was appointed as President and CEO of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene in 2009, after providing support in this role on an interim basis to lead the 301 bed hospital through divestment from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 to a new public hospital corporation. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health care sector in a variety of roles providing strategic and operational transformational leadership.
Carol is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Ontario and Canada and the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has also completed a Certificate in Mental Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University as well as the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.
Carol advocates for access to quality care across the health care sector, and specifically across the continuum of care for mental health and addictions. She is the current chair of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, a member of the Ontario Hospital Association board of directors and chairs the OHA Mental Health and Addictions Provincial Leadership Council, past chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario, and regionally leads the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Mental Health and Addictions committee.
Elizabeth Price - Secretary
Toronto Harbour Light Ministries and Homestead Addiction Services
Elizabeth Price has over twenty years of experience working with men and women struggling with substance use and mental illness as well as members of their families. Presently, the Executive Director of Toronto Harbour Light Ministries and Homestead Addiction Services, Elizabeth has also worked there as a Program Director and the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Homestead. She has been working with a with a broad range of stakeholders, including funders and health care providers to improve the access of diverse population groups (e.g. pregnant and parenting women, youth, seniors, aboriginal, ethnic minority groups, etc.) to care. She has experience with issues related to governance and management of non-profit organizations through her role as a board member of Ontario Multifaith Council and Addictions Ontario. Her volunteer experience also extends to organizations such as Provincial Council of Women of Ontario, National Council of Women of Canada and Mental Health and Addictions Network, Central East LHIN.
Nick Boyce - Director
Ontario Harm Reduction Network
Nicholas obtained a B.Sc. in Psychology from Dalhousie University. In 1999, while working at Canadian Blood Services, he became a trained volunteer with the TRIP! Project. In this capacity, he provided safer sex and safer drug use information and supplies to people in Toronto’s rave and nightclub scenes. Subsequently, he worked with the AIDS Committee of Toronto, as the Gay Men’s Harm Reduction Coordinator and was actively involved with the formation of the ‘Toronto Gay / Bisexual Men’s Crystal Meth Task Force’. Currently, he is the Director for the Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program, providing harm reduction training and capacity building to health organizations across Ontario, as well as supporting a provincial network of 50 Injection Drug Use and Hepatitis C outreach workers. For several years he was Chair of the community grant review panel for the City of Toronto’s ‘Drug Prevention Community Investment Program’, is past Vice President of the Board for Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, is a member of the Research Group on Drug Use – Toronto (RGDU), identifies as a person who uses drugs, and has lived experience with brain injury, resulting from a 2014 sports-related concussion that continues to affect him.
Vaughan Dowie - Director
Chief Executive Officer
Pine River Institute
Vaughan joined Pine River Institute as its CEO in October 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager in public sector and community organizations, including as President of la Commission de Protection des Droits de la Jeunesse; Executive Director of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres; and Assistant Deputy Minister in three different ministries for the Government of British Columbia (Ministry for Children and Families, Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Management Services). He has served as a volunteer on a number of boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations, both local and national in scope. Prior to joining Pine River, Vaughan was the Executive Head of Public Affairs at McGill University in Montreal.
Garry Laws - Director
Chief Executive Officer
Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings Prince Edward
Garry Laws is the Chief Executive Officer of a very recently amalgamated Addictions and Mental Health Services Hastings Prince Edward organization. He has extensive experience working with organizations that offer a comprehensive range of services including clinical, behavioral, residential, residential treatment and day services in the Hamilton, Niagara, Brant, Haldimand/Norfolk regions for children, youth and adults. He has been serving in senior leadership/management roles since 1986, providing effective vision and direction to Boards, staff, families, and consumers in a broad continuum of programs, supports and services. He has excellent relationship with Boards, Ministry and LHIN representatives and is seen as a systems change agent.
Steve Lurie - Director
Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch
Steve Lurie is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch, a post he has held since 1979. Steve has written and lectured extensively on mental health policy issues. He was a principal author of the Graham Report, Building Community Support for People, and conducted the 1992 snapshot of community mental health programs for the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Minimum Data Set Pilot Project (1998). He served as guest editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health special issue, Innovation in Community Mental Health: International Perspectives.
In August 2007 he was appointed to chair the Service Systems Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He was recently awarded the Canadian Mental Health Association’s CM Hincks award for national leadership in mental health and the President’s Award for outstanding contributions, by Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.
Robert Moore - Director
Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Rob Moore, Executive Director of the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and over 28 years of experience in the mental health field. He has worked in a range of capacities: in direct service delivery; in government at Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and most recently, at CAMH, Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital. At CAMH, Rob provides leadership to the Provincial System Support Program, which supports the mental health and addictions system through knowledge exchange, performance monitoring and research, and health promotion and prevention activities. With ten offices located across Ontario, Provincial System Support Program works collaboratively across sectors to move evidence to action to transform mental health and addictions systems in Ontario.
Brad Davey - Treasurer
ConnexOntario Health Services Information
Brad Davey joined ConnexOntario Health Services Information as Executive Director in January 2006. His background includes several senior management positions in both the private and public sectors. Prior to taking up his duties at ConnexOntario, he was the South West Region Program Manager with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
ConnexOntario operates the Drug and Alcohol Helpline, the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline, the Mental Health Helpline, and the Greater Toronto Police Access Line as well several other websites and web-enabled appointment booking applications.
Brad is a film buff and has a great interest in all things military.
Natalie Aubin - Director
Administrative Director-Mental Health and Addictions
Health Sciences North | Horizon Santé-Nord
Natalie has held a leadership role with Health Sciences North for close to 8 years. Natalie Aubin is the Administrative Director for the Mental Health and Addictions program with Health Sciences North. In this role, she leads over 350 staff working on interdisciplinary mental health and addictions teams throughout the Sudbury, Manitoulin & East Algoma Districts. In this role, Natalie has also championed the introduction and implementation of many new regional programs aimed at improving access to quality care and services across North East Ontario. During her time at Health Sciences North, she also served as Regional Cancer Program Director for the North East. Prior to working at Health Sciences North, she held various positions in a variety of settings including, mental health and child welfare, community and public health and academia.
Natalie is passionate about working with communities to develop and grow mental health services and programs across the region to ensure equitable access for all. Natalie is a Board Member with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) and the Association for General Hospital Psychiatric Services of Ontario (AGHPS) where she brings the voice of the North. She is also an active member of many regional and local communities such as the North East Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council which holds oversight for strategic system level improvements across the region. Natalie holds a special interest in planning for francophone health services.
Her academic background has been focused on health and human development across the lifespan. Natalie holds a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Human Development and a Doctorate in Human Studies with a minor specialization in Interdisciplinarity. Her research interests include cognitive development and learning, francophone health, population health and well-being across the lifespan and healthy aging.
Nancy Chamberlain - Director
Thunder Bay Counselling
Nancy Chamberlain is the Executive Director of Thunder Bay Counselling since 1991 with oversight for a budget of 4.3M and 29 unique services. Program areas include counselling and psychotherapy; addiction and mental health; victim services, child and youth services; financial counselling and employee assistance programs. Nancy has extensive experience in organizational leadership, governance, policy development and strategic planning. She has held numerous governance roles with community, provincial and national boards of directors for non-profit organizations such as Family Service Ontario and the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. She is currently past chair of Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and a board member of Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services. Nancy is co-chair of the Thunder Bay District Mental Health and Addiction Network and an active participant in community system planning initiatives. Nancy received a Victim Services Award of Distinction in 2013 and the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2002.
Betty-Lou Kristy - Director
Centre for Innovation in Peer Support (Support & Housing-Halton)
Betty-Lou Kristy is a Director at the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support that is embedded in Support & Housing-Halton.
Betty-Lou is a bereaved mother, losing her 25-year old son Pete with concurrent disorders to an accidental opioid overdose in 2001. She has been in recovery for almost 20 years from alcohol/multi-drug addictions, trauma and mental health issues.
She has spent over a decade at the provincial system level as a lived experience and family advisor, educator, and advocate helping to frame policy, governance, and programming. She also provides peer support and outreach at the community level. Previous to this journey, her background was in corporate marketing.
Betty-Lou has extensive board experience serving as a board director for Bereaved Families of Ontario, CMHA Halton-Peel, ADAPT Addiction Services and Glen Mills Co-operative Housing Corporation. She also has experience volunteering with Children’s Aid Society, Big Brothers & Sisters, John Howard Society Youth Restorative Justice, and V.O.N Hospice Care/Caregiver programs.
She is the recipient of several awards including the 2009 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Transforming Lives Award and the 2012/13 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Achievement-Commitment Excellence Award in Partner Relations for her work with the Expert Advisory Narcotics.
Humanizing, quality of life and reduction of harm are integral to her.
Johanne Levesque - Director
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
Johanne Levesque is the Executive Director of Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, a communitybased treatment centre that offers prevention, education, group and individual treatment programs along a harm reduction continuum. Rideauwood serves individuals and their loved ones affected by substance use, addiction and mental health issues in Ottawa and the surrounding region.
Johanne’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of individuals and families has served as a backdrop for her professional and volunteer activities for over thirty years. She began her professional career in nursing as an inpatient psychiatric nurse working with youth and families and has also worked in public health, community care and public administration. Her understanding of communities and approach to change leadership have been shaped by her experiences as a health care professional, a policy advisor, a manager in the federal public service and at the City of Ottawa and the co-founder of a successful of strategic management practice where she worked, for more than a decade, with organizations and progressive thinkers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Johanne is also an active community volunteer and advocate, who has a long history of serving on boards of directors of major organizations that include the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (where she served 4 years as Board Chair), the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (at CHEO) and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.
Johanne has successfully delivered on her diverse mandates, always with the same set of values – a systems thinker, focused on building compassionate, effective health care services that puts the needs and voices of clients and families at the centre and also actively engages them in their care and recovery. She is well known for her commitment to excellence, her ability to bring together diverse groups, connect genuinely with others and her passion for making a difference.
Johanne holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Ottawa University, a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a CHE designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Robin McAndrew - Director
Director of Addictions and Mental Health Services
Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
Robin has held a variety of leadership positions in community based health care over the past 23 years. In her current role as the Director of Addictions and Mental Health Services, she oversees a counselling and social services team specializing in concurrent disorders and a specialty clinic focussing on addictions, mental health and primary care for at-risk youth. In previous roles, she has worked in the Community Health sector as an Associate Executive Director, a Director of Primary Care and a Director of Health Promotion.
Robin is active the regional and Provincial levels, providing input and leadership on systems alignment activities that span the mental health, addictions and primary care sectors. She currently co-Chairs the Champlain Addictions Coordinating Body and is a member of the a variety of committees and working groups including the Champlain Coordinated Access Working Group, the Primary Care Working Group of the Mental Health and Addiction Leadership Council and the Champlain Staged Screening and Assessment Working group She is frequently called upon to represent the Association of Ontario Health Centres at Provincial and system alignment consultations that impact the provision of addiction and mental health services.
Our increasingly sophisticated understanding of the interrelationship between addictions, mental health and primary care poises the sector for a time of great and positive change and AMHO is known for its energetic, thoughtful and strategic leadership. Robin is honoured to put her name forward for this opportunity to support the further
Paula Reaume-Zimmer - Director
Integrated Vice President for Mental Health and Addictions
Bluewater Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent
Paula Reaume-Zimmer currently holds a unique leadership role as Integrated Vice President, for Mental Health and Addictions at Bluewater Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton-Kent. Paula is known and respected locally and provincially for her leadership, expertise and passion for collaborative and cross-sectoral approaches to integrated mental health and addictions service delivery and system outcomes. Her professional career began in nursing as an inpatient psychiatric nurse, she has held various roles related to MH&A and Emergency Dept. leadership throughout her professional career. Paula is the Chatham-Kent site Executive Lead of a SPOR research grant, ACCESS Open Mind, leading the only site located in ON. Paula has earned her Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from Central Michigan University with her research focus on Transitional Age Youth Mental Health Services. She is a Lecturer for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, and is an alumni of the University of Toronto Rotman, Advanced Health Leadership Program.
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