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The organization was originally founded
in the early 2000's by the late Tony Cerenzia.
Tony was the former president of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada. The organization is
dedicated to improving the treatment and care
provided to individuals who suffer from serious mental illnesses. We
believe that there are major deficits present in the mental health care
system today. Our goal is to raise public awareness and assertively
lobby local health administrators, government and professional bodies.
We do have a dedicated group of
volunteers but we can always use more help. Our goal is to bring to the
attention of the public problems with the current system for treating
those with schizophrenia and to lobby for improvements.
If you wish to help, please contact us.
Contact information is below or e-mail us if you would like to be put on
out e-mail list.
An optimal mental health system will
access to appropriate psychiatric care and treatment (to avoid
deterioration and to improve prognosis) along with continuity of
care to promote continued stability and the best quality of
access in public formularies to psychiatric medications;
services to support individuals with a serious mental illness
in recovering a satisfying and healthy quality of life to
their fullest potential;
support programs that ensure sufficient income for a satisfying and
healthy quality of life, and that do not penalize individuals who
attempt to return to the workforce or to pursue additional
education on the neurobiomedical basis and the recognition of early
symptoms of serious mental illnesses, including formal education
programs in secondary schools and post-secondary colleges and
education and certification requirements for mental health
professionals and peer support workers that measure competency in
understanding the neurobiological basis of serious mental illnesses,
and that include and value the expertise of family caregivers;
appropriate mental health laws to provide access to treatment for those whose illness precludes them from accepting treatment voluntarily
involve family caregivers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of services
OUR KEY MESSAGES
bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders are neurobiological
are the foundation of treatment.
For further information e-mail: chair AT cfact.ca
We are a non-profit organization working to ensure the appropriate
treatment for the seriously mentally ill (SMI). Continued
deinstitutionalization has placed a significant proportion of the SMI
population in jeopardy. Only when services are designed and provided on
the basis of the needs of individuals, will we achieve our goal. We do not accept donation from the pharmaceutical industry