- Intended For
Anyone over age 18, residing in Toronto, who is looking for an assessment or a referral for help with substance use.
- Referral Requirements:
Self-referral accepted through Access CAMH, call 416-535-8501 press 2
- Additional Referral Details
- Services Offered As:
- Program Duration:
Approximately 1.5-2 hours for either a virtual or in-person assessment.
- Waiting Period:
Wait times for the appointment varies throughout the year. Currently it is about a 1 week wait for an appointment.
Queen Street Site - 60 White Squirrel Way
- Contact Phone Number:
Access CAMH: 416 535-8501, press 2
- More Contact Details:
Please note: the MAARS line is answered by the Access CAMH service. This is a centralized intake line which provides phone screening and scheduling for your appointment. When calling, please state you are calling for a MAARS assessment. | Access CAMH: 416 535-8501, press 2 | Fax referrals to Access CAMH: 416 979-6815 | For all other Addiction Medicine Service inquiries, contact COMPASS: 416 535-8501, ext. 36019.
Types of Treatment and Services Offered
MAARS provides an addiction assessment process that results in treatment recommendations and referral (such as residential treatment in the community).
MAARS serves as a front-door to the addictions system for residents from Toronto who may be referred anywhere in Ontario.
At MAARS, we serve adults of all ages, backgrounds, orientations and cultures, and we place special emphasis on reaching out to people who may have difficulty finding the right resources.
The MAARS assessment is a one-on-one appointment consisting of an assessment interview (referred to as the ‘GAIN’). The assessment explores a range of substance use-related topics (such as: mental health, substance use, treatment history, goals, system involvement) in an effort to determine suitable treatment options that match needs of clients. In addition, we collect general information and also complete some safety related assessments.
Accessibility: Accommodations are available to clients who require interpretation services, or have any other barrier to attending assessment. Please mention these needs when calling to book an appointment.
Bringing Support Persons: Clients are welcome to bring support persons (e.g. friends, family, professionals) with them. Support persons may participate in the assessment with consent from the client, and resource handouts for friends and family are available upon request.
Booking: Please call 416 535-8501, press 2 to book your assessment or for additional information.