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Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO)Strategic Plan 2023-2027

AMHO’s new strategic plan was created during a time when society is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic that saw a historic increase in people living with from mental health and substance use challenges. At the same time, those that provide care are struggling with widespread health human resource challenges, mounting wait times, and historic underinvestment into key capabilities such as health human resources, digital infrastructure and housing. Additionally, the sector is facing substantial structural changes in relation to health system integration. Combined, these factors have a substantial impact on AMHO’s members and those they serve.

The sector is also experiencing a growing public interest for it to ensure timely, equitable, high quality and interconnected services that address the escalating needs of the population. 

Hence, there has — perhaps — never been a more important time for AMHO and its members to focus their effort on creating an addictions and mental health system that provides profound support to those who need it.

In developing this plan, AMHO spent eight months talking with our staff, our members and key system stakeholders to ask the question: How can we best direct our efforts over the next four years to make a difference?

The answers we heard clearly reflected the need for AMHO to be laser-focused on tackling major system performance issues and using the association’s voice to drive genuine impact and meaningful change. We also heard a call for the association to elevate the experience and expertise of our members and their clients with lived experience to drive system-level change. Only through mobilizing the shared knowledge of the people across the mental health and addictions community can we catalyze the types of change needed. 

AMHO is excited to launch the strategic plan and work with our members and partners to implement it and continue our efforts in making a difference for our members and the people they serve.

Nancy Chamberlain

Nancy Chamberlain

CEO Thunder Bay Counselling and Board Chair

Nancy Chamberlain
Alisha Tharani

Alisha Tharani


Alisha Tharani


AMHO is a membership-based non-for-profit organization focused on building a comprehensive and connected mental health system in Ontario. 

Together, we represent over 150 addiction and mental health organizations across Ontario and more than 50,000 health care workers. 

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