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The Dual Diagnosis Toolkit was developed by Surrey Place Centre, the Community Networks of Specialized Care and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Surrey Place Centre

Surrey Place Centre provides specialized clinical services for people with developmental disabilities in the Toronto region. In addition to a direct service role, Surrey Place is a leader in research, evaluation and education that is directed toward advancing knowledge and practice in the field and building the capacity of service systems.

Surrey Place Centre is also the lead agency for two specialized autism programs: Toronto Partnership for Autism Services (TPAS) and School Support Program (SSP) as well as the co-lead for Toronto Autism ABA Services. Individuals of all ages living with autism may receive services through Developmental Programs, along with their families and caregivers. In July, 2011 Surrey Place Centre became the Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region contact point for adult developmental services in Toronto.

Surrey Place Centre is affiliated with the University of Toronto and other academic institutions, and is a teaching site for students in a variety of health care professions. Community Networks of Specialized Care

The purpose of the Networks is to enhance service to adults with a developmental disability who need specialized care for co-existing mental health and or/ behavioural issues. Specialized services are defined as clinical services that utilize a biopsychosocial approach and focus on informed practices. The continuum of services includes crisis response, specialized case management, community-based clinical services, day treatment, specialized residential accommodation and in-patient hospital treatment. Clinical services are provided by qualified health and allied health professionals.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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 is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

The CAMH Dual Diagnosis Program helps people who have:

  • A history of unclear assessment and diagnosis
  • A history of medical problems, such as limited effects of medication, side-effects of medication or being on many medications at once
  • Other health issues, such as communications disorders or seizure disorders, that complicate treatment.

The Dual Diagnosis program provides services which are coordinated within the broader continuum of supports and services, using approaches that integrate mental health and developmental perspectives. We operate both as an inpatient unit and as a community-based service.

About the tools

The tools were developed as part of The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative. This project brought together clinicians with expertise in the care of adults with developmental disabilities (DD) to improve primary care and quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities (DD).

With leadership and coordination from Surrey Place Centre, and funding from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Surrey Place Centre Foundation, Guidelines and Tools have been developed to help primary care providers to follow best practices in the care of these patients.   These guidelines and tools are utilized in the Training Course for primary care providers that are offered on a yearly basis.

DISCLAIMER: Information on this site is not to be used for diagnosis, treatment or referral services and CAMH does not provide diagnostic, treatment or referral services through the Internet. Individuals should contact their personal physician, and/or their local addiction or mental health agency for further information.
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