Addiction Programs

About The Program

The Addiction Program is a non-crisis, community-based service that supports individuals with mental health and addictions. The program offers a variety of services through two streams of support:

Specialized Justice Stream: Offers addiction-specific services to individuals living with mental health and substance use who are also involved in the justice system. The specialized justice stream recognizes the unique barriers that individuals who are justice involved face in accessing support for their mental health and addiction needs. This stream offers specialized addictions support which can include: 

  • short-term addictions case management
  • access to addiction specific groups
  • access to individualized structured therapy
  • access to free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through the STOP program
  • harm reduction supplies and support
  • help with referrals to addictions treatment using the provincial addictions assessment (GAIN Q3)

Generic Stream: Offers addiction-specific services to individuals living with mental health and substance use who want support with their substance use. This stream offers addictions support which can include:

  • access to addiction specific groups
  • access to free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) through the STOP program
  • harm reduction supplies and support
  • help with referrals to addictions treatment using the provincial addictions assessment (GAIN Q3)

Who's It For

Individuals 16+ who want support with their substance use, and who may be involved in the justice system

How IT Works

  1. The client completes a separate referral form for our generic stream services or our specialized justice stream services, and for each addiction group they want to attend. 
  2. Self-referrals are accepted, as well as referrals from mental health and addiction community agencies, hospitals and primary care providers. For the specialized justice stream, you must be involved in the justice system. 
  3. After a referral form is submitted, the client will be contacted within one week about the availability of addiction services and/or groups.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How are the services offered?

We offer virtual as well as in-person addiction-specific groups. Some addiction services are also offered in the community, in clients’ homes and in CHMA Toronto offices.

What are the service hours?

CMHA Toronto’s addiction supports are available from Monday–Friday from 9 am–5 pm.

Who provides addictions support? 

Our team consists of addictions specialists (concurrent disorders specialists), a peer support worker and an addictions nurse case manager.  

Do you need a referral from a psychiatrist or a family doctor to access support?

No, you do not need a referral from a family doctor or a psychiatrist.

Can I refer myself to these services?

Yes, self-referrals are accepted. Referrals from mental health and addiction community agencies, hospitals and primary care providers are also accepted. For the specialized justice stream you must be involved in the justice system.

Do you offer family support? 

We have a family clinician who can provide family support. This is accessed through the Family Outreach and Response (FOR) referral form.  

How do I access the Addiction Program?

You will need to complete a separate referral form for our generic stream services or our specialized justice stream services, and for each addiction group you want to attend. 

Self-referrals are accepted, as well as referrals from mental health and addiction community agencies, hospitals and primary care providers. For the specialized justice stream, you must be involved in the justice system. 

Contact Us

West Office
700 Lawrence Ave W,
Suite #480 Toronto,
ON M6A 3B4

East Office
1200 Markham Rd,
Suite #500 Scarborough,
ON M1H 3C3

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