About CMHA Ontario
Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all.
CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. We contribute our knowledge, resources and skills to provincial policy development and implementation. We promote mental health in collaboration with others. We further equitable access to mental health services and champion the reduction of mental health disparities. And we serve our branches in building their governance and leadership capacities.
CMHA Ontario is a dedicated partner within the network of Canadian Mental Health Associations at the national, provincial and local level. CMHA Ontario works closely with its 33 local branches in communities across the province to ensure the utilization of best practices in the organization, management and delivery of services to consumers and families of individuals with mental illness, dual diagnosis and concurrent disorders. All CMHAs in Ontario work in a variety of partnerships to provide a coordinated, continuum of care using the social determinants of health model.
Our programs and services
Policy research and analysis is vital to the mission of CMHA Ontario. We provide balanced, knowledgeable analysis and commentary on public issues and provincial policy directions that promote mental health and impact people with mental illness and their families. This includes evidence-based advice to enhance the delivery of community mental health services, increase the responsiveness of the broader health system to mental health needs, and support healthy public policy.