In June 2015, various community leaders in both addiction and mental health were brought together to consult and investigate current collaborative efforts in the mental health and addiction sector. After much fruitful discussion, this group decided to investigate the community need for a collaborative group in the sector.
By September 2015, over 30 member agencies/services had indicated a desire to be part of a collective effort to improve mental health and addiction services for Calgarians. An executive was formed to lead the creation of a Terms of Reference and Strategic Plan Action Plan.
As of 2016, the group stands at 47 member services/agencies consisting of non-profit organizations, government agencies and foundations, who have all made a conscious investment of resources and time. As a result, CCAMH has launched a Strategic Plan that was facilitated by the head consultant for the Government of Alberta’s Valuing Mental Health Report. The group is now delivering on that plan through its four working groups:
- 1. Collaboration and Training
- 2. Funding and Advocacy
- 3. Navigation
- 4. Prevention and Education
Reporting to its members and funding partners; The Calgary Council for Addiction and Mental Health (CCAMH, ‘Cee-Cam’) is a collective impact group which provides a strong and unified voice, promoting the better delivery of competent, integrated, efficient, ethical and effective person-centered mental health and addiction services and support.
CCAMH uses the collective impact model which is an advanced form of collaboration bringing together different sectors for a common agenda to solve large, complex problems. We understand that complex change requires leadership from across the mental health and addiction sector: government leaders, funding agencies, schools, hospitals, the private sector, the not-for-profit sector, community organizers and more.
Ref: Tamarack Institute
Alberta Health Services
- • Addiction Prevention Services
- • Adult Addiction Services
- • MRT and Access Mental Health
- • Population and Prevention
- • Renfrew Recovery Centre
- • Regional Housing
- • SafeWorks/Harm Reduction
- • Seniors Mental Health
- • Urgent Mental Health, PACT and Aboriginal Mental Health