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.
Driving change together
We are pleased to release our Annual Report 2017/2018, which shares highlights of what we have accomplished together on our Strategic Plan 2016-2019.
This year’s annual report highlights progress made in each of our four strategic directions:
- Supporting members in their service delivery;
- Ensuring a comprehensive and accessible system of care;
- Being a strong effective voice of community mental health and addiction;
- Building the sustainability of the association.
View previous annual reports:
Board of Directors
Carol Lambie - President
Chief Executive Director
Waypoint Center for Mental Health Care
Carol Lambie began her leadership as CEO of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (formerly Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene) in December 2008 when it became a newly independent public hospital corporation. Carol is a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada and Ontario, as well as the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Carol has also held leadership roles in other local general hospitals.
Provincially Carol is Chair of the OHA Mental Health and Addiction Provincial Leadership Council, and is currently the Board Vice-Chair of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario and Chair of its Governance Committee. She is also Chair of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Care Connections Mental Health and Addictions Coordinating Council.
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 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. Natalie has held a leadership role with Health Sciences North for close to 5 years. Prior to this role, she has held various positions in a variety of settings including, regional leadership in oncology, mental health and child welfare, community and public health and academia.
Natalie’s academic background has been focused on health and human development across the lifespan. Natalie holds a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Human Development and a Doctorate in Human Studies with a minor specialisation in Interdisciplinary. Her research interests include cognitive development and learning, population health and well-being across the lifespan and healthy aging.
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.
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.
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.
Paula Reaume-Zimmer - Director
Integrated Director of Operations, Mental Health and Addictions Program
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
Paula Reaume-Zimmer has been with Chatham Kent Health Alliance (a large community hospital) for 20 years, she has been involved in various mental health roles throughout her career. She has been the Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program for the past 9 years. In 2008, she took on the additional leadership responsibilities of the 2 Emergency Departments at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Paula’s new role as Integrated Director of Operations for Chatham Kent is a unique partnership with Chatham Kent Health Alliance (Schedule 1 hospital) and Canadian Mental Health Association, Lambton Kent. In her leadership role, she is able to coordinate services and create collaborations along the continuum of care. This new model has been recognized as an innovative approach to systems planning and leadership.
Paula began her professional career in nursing, as an inpatient psychiatric nurse and then returned to school to complete her nursing degree at University of Windsor. She has completed her Masters in Health Science Administration at Central Michigan University and is on currently preparing to defend her dissertation for her Doctorate in Health Administration. The majority of her doctorate studies have been focused on the delivery of mental health interventions and mental health systems. Paula’s dissertation research, currently in progress, is a qualitative study of the transition of young adults from a youth to and adult sector mental health service. Paula is a Lecturer for the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario.
Aimee Jaun - Vice President
Associate Vice-Provost Students
Aimee Jaun is the Associate Vice-Provost Students at Lakehead University. She has managed addiction and mental health programs and participated in health system planning. Aimee comes with diverse experience that spans public health, management consulting, training and development, adult education, organization development, human resources and environmental science. She has been involved in implementing change across programs, organizations, professional practice fields and a community. Many of these changes have included a focus on quality improvement through working strategically to change culture related to the implementation of evidence informed practices, evaluation and performance management. Aimee’s experience includes work on Boards of Directors in fields such as child welfare and early childhood development, among others. She has been involved in Board transformation work related to governance and strategic direction. Aimee is passionate about and seeks every opportunity to engage in diversity and inclusiveness practices, leadership development, capacity building and collaboration within the context of her community.
Garry Laws - Secretary
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.
Nick Boyce - Director
Ontario HIV & Substance Use Training Program
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.
Heather Kerr - Director
Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
Heather Kerr holds a BA in Psychology/Law & Criminology and a Masters of Social Work Degree. She has over 25 years’ experience in the field, specializing in addictions, concurrent disorders and PTSD. She has worked extensively in provincial and federal corrections as well as providing training, program design and clinical consultation through her private practice. Heather currently teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has two teenage boys and lives in Cambridge with her partner, Ken.
Heather has been the Executive Director of Stonehenge Therapeutic Community for over 13 years and has held numerous leadership positions both locally and provincially. She completed a secondment with the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network as Lead for Addictions Integration in 2013. She is an active Board member of the Canadian Association of Women’s Criminal Justice Residential Options (CAROW) and the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA).
Founded in 1971, Stonehenge is one of Canada’s longest serving substance use programs and has become a benchmark in addiction treatment and supports. Stonehenge brings together people with chronic and acute addictions, including co-occurring mental health issues, to provide on-going opportunities for change and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Stonehenge serves its clients through a residential treatment program and community-based services along a harm reduction continuum.
Steve Lurie - Director
Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch
Steve Lurie is currently 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), which established a common data set for the reporting of client characteristics and outcomes in community and hospital based mental health services. He served as guest editor of the Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health special issue, Innovation in Community Mental Health: International Perspectives.
Since 2004 Steve has had a collaborative relationship with SCARF, a community mental health and research organization in Chennai, India. In 2007 Steve provided technical assistance to the development of a national mental health plan in Kyrgyzstan, through a project funded by the Soros Foundation. As well Steve and CMHA Toronto have hosted organizations from China, India, US, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Japan. In 2008 Steve lectured in Japan about community mental health systems, hosted by the Matsubara Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2005 he provided technical assistance to the Senate Committee Report Out of the Shadows At Last: Transforming Mental Health and Addiction Services in Canada.
In August 2007 he was appointed to chair the Service Systems Advisory Committee for the newly established 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
Steve has a Masters in Management (MM) from the McGill McConnell Voluntary Sector Leadership program (2002) and has a BA (1971) and MSW (1973) from the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work where he is now an adjunct professor.
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 at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, 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 at 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 has been a member of 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.
Elizabeth Price - Director
Salvation Army – Toronto Harbour Light & Homestead
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.
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