Our Mission

To lead change that will revolutionize the addiction and mental health care experience for people in Ontario.

Our ​Vision

The best addiction and mental health system, anywhere.
Who we are

Who We Are

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) represents nearly 200 addiction and mental health organizations across Ontario. Our members span the full continuum of addiction and mental health organizations and services, ranging from community-based service providers to peer support and consumer survivor groups, to Community Health Centres, harm reduction, and hospital-based services.

Who we are

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

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.

Our Members

Our Members

We are a network of nearly 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
  • live-in treatment for substance use
  • case management, counselling
  • peer and family support
  • employment programs
  • withdrawal management
  • community treatment

AMHO Strategic Plan 2020-2023

At AMHO, we recognize that as an association, our plan is an extension of our members needs and priorities, as well as their commitment and expertise in serving people with addiction and mental illness. As part of our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, we engaged our members in order to ultimately create a plan that is a true reflection of their voices from across the province.

Our plan is grounded in the input of our membership, staff, people with lived experience, families and caregivers, partners, system leaders and our Board members. Our approach was to focus on our many strengths, while also acknowledging the need to position the organization in a way that will enable it to sustainably deliver on its promise to its members and the people of Ontario.

AMHO strongly believes that our refreshed vision, mission and priorities will allow us to build on our tremendous success to date, and will allow the organization to continue to be a trusted provincial voice for addiction and mental health.

AMHO Strategic Plan -- "Building on Our Strengths"

Board of Directors

Governance Policy Manual

Nancy Chamberlain - President

Executive 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.

Robin McAndrew - Treasurer & Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee

Director, Mental Health and Addictions Services

Robin has held a variety of leadership positions in community based health care over the past 23 years. In her current role as Director, Mental Health and Addictions Services, she oversees a counselling and social services team specializing in concurrent disorders and a specialty clinic focusing 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

Johanne Levesque - Vice-President & Chair of the Governance Committee
Executive 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.

Mike Beauchesne - Secretary

Executive Director
Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

Mike Beauchesne is the Executive Director of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre in Ottawa. He has been with the DSYTC for nearly two decades and has worked in various clinical and leadership capacities during his tenure, including: Addiction Therapist, Clinical Coordinator and Executive VP – Clinical Services. A strong proponent of evidence-based practices and the personal and professional development of self and others, Mike enjoys working with a local, regional, provincial and national focus to help improve the lives of those who are impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

Mike possesses an Honours degree in Psychology from Carleton University, an M.Ed. (Counselling) from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. Mike is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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.

Nick Boyce - Director
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.

Lorri Lowe - Director

Executive Director  
ConnexOntario

Lorri Lowe is currently the Executive Director at Connex Ontario. Lorri is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) as well as a Fellow and Life member of CPA Ontario and also holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation. She has extensive governance experience currently serving as CMHA-EM Treasurer and previously serving as Chair of CMA Ontario, CMA Canada and as a member on several other professional and community boards.

Lori Spadorcia - Director

Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs and Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer
CAMH

Lori is the Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs and Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer at CAMH.

A passionate advocate, Lori is changing the conversation about mental health, improving awareness and understanding of mental illness and working with governments and communities to improve health systems and policy. She supports the alignment of mission critical activities designed to be responsive to CAMH’s many stakeholders and is engaging partners and resources to better position the hospital to make a sustainable system contribution to mental health.

As a former senior political advisor, Lori has advanced public policy in areas such as early learning, child care, skills, and innovation. She is devoted to building healthy communities and driving social change.

Regan Anderson - Director

Chief Executive Officer of the Wayside House of Hamilton

Regan Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wayside House of Hamilton for the past 22 years. Wayside House is a 60-bed integrated residential addiction and supportive housing program in

Hamilton. Primary focus is the treatment of addiction and concurrent disorders for men and transitional aged male youth. Regan is the program lead for the Hamilton Hepatitis C harm reduction outreach and treatment team with the AIDS and Hepatitis C Secretariat of Ontario.

 

Regan holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. Regan began his clinical career in Stamford, Connecticut working in both residential and

outpatient’s settings. This included treatment of alcohol, drugs and work with methadone. Regan was director of Hamilton Men’s Withdrawal Management Centre with Hamilton Health Sciences for several years prior to joining Wayside House.

 

Regan is the co-chair of the Adult Mental Health and Addiction Secretariat of the Greater Hamilton Health Network (Ontario Health Team), co-chair of the Hamilton Drug Strategy Treatment Pillar and member of the Addiction and Mental Health Association advisory to the Ontario Centre of Excellence. Regan also chairs the provincial Residential Community of Practice with Addictions and Mental Health Ontario and chairs the Concurrent Disorders Advisory of Mohawk College. Regan is the recipient of the 2017 Individual Champion, Minister’s Medal, recognizing excellence in quality and safety.

 

Regan is a strong proponent of client choice and flexibility of care while recognizing the value of harm reduction.

 

Gord Garner - Director

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA)

Mr. Garner is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA), and the chair of the annual Recovery Day Ottawa event since 2015. He is a national public speaker and trainer on addressing stigma and Person First Language. He is living well with his own substance use disorder at the time of this writing. He is dedicated to removing systemic stigma barriers, to enable policy writers, academics, researchers and people with needs across the spectrum of Substance Use outcomes to take evidence-based actions to improve the lives of Canadians. He supports the concept of All People All Pathways TM to increased health . This naturally leads to advocating for changes and better cohesion under the concept of Substance Use Health. All Gord’s work is informed by his 38 years of active struggles, and by the those who helped him. Gord is also informed by the thousands of people he knows personally or is connected to through his advocacy work, who have been impacted by stigma.

Penny Marrett - Director

Executive Director
Addiction Services Central Ontario

Penny Marrett, Executive Director of Addiction Services Central Ontario, has been in the not-for-profit sector for nearly 40 years. Since joining in 2014, the agency has grown by leaps and bounds and is now one of the largest community health service providers of addiction services in Ontario. In 2017, Addiction Services Central Ontario was chosen to be the lead agency for addictions for York Region, North York and South Simcoe.

Penny’s career has spanned 38 years; all of it in the not-for-profit sector. She has held a number of leadership positions in the voluntary sector and is a strong believer in the importance of the role that the not-for-profit sector can play in responding to community needs and public policy development.

Over the years, Penny has also been an active volunteer. Her volunteer experience includes the Canadian Soccer Association, the Windsor Family Health Team, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Trillium Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executive and the Distress Centres of the Toronto, among others.

Baldev Mutta - Director

Baldev Mutta is the founder and CEO of Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS). He is a social activist and started his professional career working landless peasants in Punjab, India. He came to Canada in July 1968 and is socially active since his arrival. He created an agency to provide culturally and linguistic appropriate services to the South Asian community. He was able to develop an Integrated Holistic Service Delivery model to address problems from a family-centred perspective. He is an advocate for anti-racism and anti- oppression, anti-black racism, and anti-indigenous racism framework to be developed in Peel region with health and social service organizations. He resides in Brampton with his wife and 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Papa Ladjike Diouf - Director

Papa Ladjiké Diouf is a psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor coming from Senegal (West Africa) since 2014 and now a Canadian citizen. He studied psychology and sociology (two recognized masters in Canada) with certificates of specialization in various issues which basis is trauma. He has been working for 15 years as a psychotherapist including 7 years as a clinical supervisor and trainer/teacher. He has worked in several environments (Africa and Canada) and with different clients (men, women, adolescents, couple and family) on various issues (trauma, migration, depression, anxiety, sex workers, street children, addictions and concurrent disorders, etc.). Currently, he is interested in historical trauma, immigrant clients, ACB clients in its mental health challenges. He is the Clinical Director for Le CAP and co-leader of the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition in Ottawa. He is a clinical supervisor and part-time teacher for Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He is the co-lead of the AMHO work on Equity, Diversity and inclusion around the province. Papa Ladjiké is a member of AMHO and CAPSA board of directors.

Patricia Kyle - Director

Patricia Kyle joined the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health (LLGAMH) team as Chief Executive Officer in 2020. LLGAMH offers a range of services including case management, counselling, social recreation, housing, psychiatry, youth services, family support, and facility-based addictions treatment.

Patricia thrives on innovation. Her formal training includes a Master of Science degree, specializing in linking theory and practice in quality improvement, risk reduction, and promotion of safety in healthcare, a Diploma in Art Therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In addition, she has completed numerous professional development courses in leadership, governance, and clinical program development. For over 20 years, in primarily rural and remote communities, her experience has been gained in front-line and management positions in various health care settings. This includes work as a mental health and addictions counsellor, clinical supervisor, manager, chief executive officer and assistant deputy minister. Patricia is dedicated to strengthening and improving addictions and mental health care for young people, adults, and families across systems.

Contact & Staff

Address

Please note, staff are currently working offsite and our office is closed due to COVID-19. 

1400-180 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Z8

T: 416-490-8900
F: 1-866-295-6394

Hours

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Media

Please direct all media requests to media@amho.ca.

Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO)

2002-180 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

CEO’s Office

Alisha Tharani

Chief Executive Officer
alisha.tharani@amho.ca

 

Rayan Dawson

Executive Assistant
rayan.dawson@amho.ca

 

Member Services & Operations

Bree Grenon

Senior Manager, Member Relations & Operations
bree.grenon@amho.ca

 

Leslie Steinberg

Office and Member Services Assistant
leslie.steinberg@amho.ca

 

 

Public Affairs

 

Jasmine Hermans

Public Affairs Manager
jasmine.hermans@amho.ca

 

William Brown

Communications Coordinator
william.brown@amho.ca

 

 

 

Quality & System Transformation

Eleni Tsoutsias

Director, Policy, Quality and System Transformation
Eleni.Tsoutsias@amho.ca

Krishni Ganesan

Policy Manager
krishni.ganesan@amho.ca

Lori Derry

Data Coach, E-QIP
lori.derry@amho.ca

 

Abel Gebreyesus

Data Coach, E-QIP
abel.gebreyesus@amho.ca

 

Naveen Rashid Maqbool

Program Coordinator, Quality
naveen.rashid@amho.ca

Our Partners

Association of Ontario’s Health Centres (AOHC)
The Alliance for Healthier Communities is Ontario’s voice for community-governed primary health care. We represent 106 community-governed primary health care organizations. Our membership includes Ontario’s Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Community Family Health Teams and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.
CMHA Ontario
CMHA Ontario contributes knowledge, resources and skills to provincial policy development and implementation and promotes mental health in collaboration with others. CMHA Ontario further equitable access to mental health services and champion the reduction of mental health disparities. It works closely with 31 local branches across the province to support consumers and families of individuals with mental illnesses, dual diagnosis and concurrent disorders.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Association of Ontario’s Health Centres (AOHC)
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) works to identify and develop solutions to important policy issues affecting the child and youth mental health sector. We represent close to 100 accredited children’s mental health agencies that provide treatment and support to infants, children, youth and families.
Ontario Community Support Association
The Ontario Community Support Association represents the Home and Community Support sector in Ontario. OCSA Members are community-based, not-for-profit organizations that provide a wide variety of services to help people live at home.
CMHA Ontario
Founded in 1988, ONPHA is an independent association funded and directed by its members. ONPHA leads, unites and supports a strong community-based affordable housing sector that helps to build vibrant, healthy and diverse communities for all Ontarians.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
The Wellesley Institute works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the GTA through action on the social determinants of health.