The Homes for Special Care program is part of the Community Support and Research Unit at CAMH. HSC manages and monitors the program established by and for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Homes for Special Care were established to provide high support and supervision for people with chronic and severe mental health problems with limited daily living skills. The CAMH HSC program operates from the Queen Street site and has over 400 licensed residential beds in 23 homes. The majority are located north of Toronto in York Region, 3 are in Peel Region and 1 in Toronto. These are group home settings often in rural areas, with an average of 17 beds. Most are shared bedrooms with some singles.
The homes are licensed annually following formal inspections conducted by the Fire Marshall, Public Health and the HSC Community Support Workers (CSWs) at CAMH. The CSWs have the responsibility and mandate to closely monitor the homes and ensure the residents' needs are being met. They also handle the referral and placement process, and work with residents on an ongoing basis to facilitate their continued rehabilitation, recovery and well being.