Our Principles

Long Term Focus

At CCAMH it will be important to have a long term strategic focus. It is expected that initiatives will have short, medium or long term impacts but we must always be focused on the broader long term goals that we want to achieve.

Continuous Improvement

We need to monitor our progress on goals and adjust accordingly. Measurement will give us valuable insight on the progress we are making towards our goals.


Education of stakeholders is a key dynamic in improving outcomes in the delivery of addiction and / or mental health services.


It will be important to connect each organization's work to the broader goals of the Council.


Communicating up, down, and across all parts of the service delivery system for addiction and mental health is critical for our success.


We need to use forecast data to model and predict societal changes. Simply reacting to changes after they occur do not help us improve client outcomes through early intervention or prevention.

Our Approach

The Calgary Council for Addiction and Mental Health draws upon the Tamarack Institute Collective Impact Model to influence change in the way we deliver our services through collective impact.

Common Agenda

Members share a vision for change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed-upon actions.

Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Members coordinate a set of differentiated activities through our mutually reinforcing strategic action plan

Shared Measurement

Members have agreed on the ways success will be measured and reported, with a short list of common indicators identified.

Backbone Support

Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary provides dedicated support by supporting aligned activities and mobilizing resources.

Our Measure

Achieved Goals

We use collective impact phase measurement and apply a tool quarterly to take stock at how CCAMH is impact the community it services and its member agencies.

What We've Learned