Youth Film Festival

The Oxford Drug Awareness Committee invites young people to start a conversation about what interests them and how they won’t let drugs interfere with their future goals. Young people from Oxford County are encouraged to make and submit videos that show the healthy and positive interests they have and how they won’t let drugs (including alcohol) interfere with these interests and future goals. Prizes will be given for the top rated films that meet judging criteria. Find rules, judging criteria and submission information in the Youth Film Festival Package here:
General Population Youth Film Festival Contest Package August 2017


2017-10-11T08:46:32-04:00October 11th, 2017|

New funding announced for Street Level Women At Risk

The Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund (the Fund) is one of the initiatives under Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, announced in June 2016. The Fund will be used to support organizations across a range of sectors that are part of the service delivery continuum for responding to human trafficking, and that are interested in implementing innovative, locally-driven solutions to address human trafficking in their communities. Priority will be placed on supporting survivors of human trafficking and their families in their journey towards healing and recovery, and / or preventing human trafficking.

Street Level Women at Risk (SLWAR) will augment the existing service by having a dedicated response to trafficked street level sex workers.  The SLWAR model addresses needs and service gaps through an innovative collaborative Housing First approach. Housing Stability Workers (HSW) will provide intensive, in-home support for trafficked women now working as street involved sex workers. Continuous intensive in-home case management is offered for a two year period as the participants move through the phases of housing stability. The Housing Selection worker will monitor the payment of rent and housing allowances as well as support housing stability by building relationships with the landlords.

2017-09-29T14:02:48-04:00September 29th, 2017|


In conjunction with Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and London Police Service, Addiction Services of Thames Valley is issuing an alert regarding potentially lethal Fentanyl showing up in other drugs.

Urine Drug Screening conducted last week at ADSTV’s Suboxone Clinic detected Fentanyl in people who reported using only Heroin and in others who reported using only Marijuana. There have also been reports of Fentanyl in powdered form in London that is being snorted like cocaine.

See full notice HERE

2017-08-03T16:25:40-04:00August 3rd, 2017|

Help ADSTV showcase our diversity!

We’re seeking assistance of clients, allies, and community members to decorate our Pride London Float! Decorate a flag for us  to hang on our float – it can be decorated with something you like, it can tell a story, or whatever you would like – it’s up to you!

All input is welcome! Just print your flag from one of the files below and return it to any ADSTV location. 

Flag Template 1

Flag Template 2


2017-07-13T13:48:16-04:00July 13th, 2017|

Making the Impossible Possible – ADSTV Foundation Gala

The ADSTV Foundation is pleased to announce their second annual Gala Thursday, June 1, 2017. This year’s Gala aims to raise funds, build awareness, and promote the theme: “Making the Impossible Possible.”

The Gala aims to change the stigma around addiction. Funds raised will help support those on the journey of addiction recovery and allow us to continue to share our message: Change is Possible. Funds generated will support the development of recovery videos and awareness raising activities such as the annual Stage for Change events.

Together it is possible!

Buy Tickets

Evening Agenda

5:30 PM         Reception

6:15 PM         Welcome
Presented by Emcee: Sarah Smith

6:30 PM         Ignite Talk / Possible Campaign
Presented by: Linda Sibley, Executive Director of ADSTV

6:45 PM         Starter

7:00 PM         Interactive Activity
Presented by Shawn Rumble

7:30 PM         Entrée
Sarah Smith Live Performance

8:15 PM         Dessert

8:30 PM         Final Remarks
Presented by: Gala Co-Chairs Mike Steele & Mike Blewett

2017-04-20T14:34:03-04:00April 20th, 2017|

Canadian Federal Government Unveils Long-Awaited Cannabis Legislation

April, 18, 2017

On April 13, 2017, the Trudeau government unveiled its highly anticipated legislation to legalize access to marihuana. The legislative package includes two Bills: one, the “Cannabis Act”, that creates a new federal-provincial regime to produce and sell cannabis, and a second that strengthens the laws related to impaired driving by users of both marihuana and alcohol. Amendments to numerous other statutes, as well as an educational program covering the health risks posed by cannabis, will also be implemented to help integrate the provisions of the Cannabis Act into Canadian law. In all, the newly proposed legislation establishes a legal framework for the production, possession, distribution and sale of cannabis and cannabis products, as well as the enforcement of cannabis related offences.

Read More:


2017-04-20T09:45:02-04:00April 20th, 2017|

Help shape health care in your community

The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is seeking members of the public to participate on its committees and offer their perspective on health care as a patient, family or caregiver and inform our decision-making around health system planning, funding and integration.

What are the benefits of taking part?

  •   Share your experiences and ideas about parts of the health care system that could impact your own experience and outcomes.
  •   Work with and learn from peers from across the South West LHIN.
  •   Build your listening and speaking skills as you share your own experiences and ideas.
  •   Learn a great deal about the health care system and the different initiatives designed to improve care.

The South West LHIN wants to hear from anyone who has been a patient, a family member of a patient, or a caregiver. This is a volunteer role. If you live within the South West LHIN’s geography and you would like to participate, visit to learn more or call 1-866-294- 5446 to speak with Pauline Adams. Deadline to apply is Monday May 1, 2017.

2017-04-12T09:19:40-04:00April 12th, 2017|

Statement of Support – Supervised Injection Sites

The Addiction Services of Thames Valley Board of Directors supports the recommendation for a Supervised Injection Site(s) in London. The ADSTV Board supports harm reduction and believes that this site will increase access to addiction treatment expertise and other appropriate supports that will  prevent overdose and increase access to healthcare for persons who inject drugs.


Le Conseil d’administration des « Services de toxicomanie de Thames Valley » appuie la recommandation d’un (de) site(s) d’injection supervisé(s) à London. Le Conseil des STTV soutient le principe de la réduction des méfaits et estime que ce site permettra d’augmenter l’accès à l’expertise du traitement des dépendances et à d’autres mesures de soutien appropriées, ce qui permettra d’éviter l’overdose et d’accroître l’accès aux soins de santé pour les personnes qui s’injectent des drogues.

2017-04-04T13:31:31-04:00April 3rd, 2017|

ADSTV Officially Accredited Through CCA

Addiction Services of Thames Valley is pleased to announce our recent accreditation through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation! ADSTV was awarded a four-year accreditation by CCA in recognition of achieving established CCA standards for quality in governance, management, and community mental health and addiction services.

With a goal to be a leader of community-based addiction treatment, accreditation through CCA helps ensure ADSTV is providing the best service. With the opportunity to learn from the accreditation process, we are pleased to implement policies and procedures conducive to maintaining the highest standards. This ensures all clients receive services that meet their needs with the peace of mind that the standards and practices are reviewed by an independent third party. Funders can rest assured that the services provided are of the best quality.

Thank you to our incredible team and our supporters. Without your dedication and hard work, reaching accredited status would not be possible. As a proudly accredited agency, we are looking forward to providing responsive and effective programs and services to our community.

2017-02-07T09:21:20-05:00February 7th, 2017|

London CAReS Hires Executive Director

The London CAReS Executive Leadership Team (CELT) is proud to announce the hiring of Anne Armstrong in the role of Executive Director of London CAReS.

Anne is a self-identified strong collaborator, offers strong financial management and human resources competencies. Anne holds a clear values alignment with Housing First principles and will continue to support and contribute to the remarkable work of London CAReS.

Anne has effectively built strong relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including government, funders and community-based partners.

In her 15+ years of experience working in the non-profit sector Anne has played an integral role in advocating for vulnerable populations while demonstrating strong leadership and project management skills in developing non-profit organizations.

Anne most recently served as Executive Director of Gillian’s Place, one of the first shelters in Ontario for women and their children experiencing abuse and violence. In Anne’s eight years at Gillian’s Place her leadership and commitment helped grow the program by increasing public awareness and developing innovative collaborative partnerships. These efforts led to an increased outreach presence in the community and more shelter beds.

We welcome Anne and look forward to her leadership in the continued mission of ending homeless in London! Anne can be contacted at

2017-01-09T11:27:44-05:00January 9th, 2017|

2017 Holiday Hours

If you are in crisis you have several choices:

You may contact Reach Out Crisis Services at 519-433-2023. The toll free number is 1-866-933-2023. They can help you with next steps or connect you to the Support Line, which can also be reached at 519-691-8055

You may go directly to the Walk In Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre 24/7 for walk in crisis assessment and support at 648 Huron Street in London near Adelaide and Huron

If you are in withdrawal please contact the Withdrawal Management Centre at 519-432-7241 or go to the nearest emergency department for medical assistance.


London Office (200 Queens Ave)
Dec 23 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 24 – CLOSED
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – CLOSED
Dec 28 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 30 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Jan 2 – CLOSED


Woodstock Office (35 Metcalf Street)
Dec 23 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 24 – CLOSED
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – CLOSED
Dec 28 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 30 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Jan 2 – CLOSED


St. Thomas Office (10 Mondamin Street, Suite 109)
Dec 23 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dec 24 – CLOSED
Dec 25 – CLOSED
Dec 26 – CLOSED
Dec 27 – CLOSED
Dec 28 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 29 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dec 30 – 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Jan 2 – CLOSED


Strathroy Office (21 Richmond Street)
Dec 23 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Dec 30 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Tillsonburg Office (96 Tillson Ave)
Dec 30 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Southwest LHIN Holiday Closure Information

Southwest Healthline Holiday Assistance Guide

2016-12-16T08:44:41-05:00December 13th, 2016|

Introducing Reach Out

Reach Out

One number. One phone call. A team of professionals ready to help.

Reach Out is a new 24/7 crisis and support line for those living in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties. This service, which will start on August 23, 2016 is for people living with addictions and mental health needs – as well as their families, caregivers and health care providers.

The number is 519-433-2023. The toll free number is 1-866-933-2023. The website is

Reach Out will result in faster access to the most appropriate supports – whether that is crisis service, supportive listening, information, or an appointment with a mental health or addictions professional.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that 1 in 5 Canadians is affected by a mental health need or addiction issue every year. They assert that timely intervention is critical to reducing the lifelong burden of mental health concerns and addiction.

Reach Out is an example of the commitment of local mental health and addictions services to best practices and to faster, more coordinated access to services. It is a partnership project of Addiction Services of Thames Valley and the Canadian Mental Health Associations of London, Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford. Reach Out is funded by the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN).

This work is supported by the proposed integration between Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, CMHA Oxford, CMHA Elgin and Connex Ontario to develop a new one-number coordinated access model for the South area of the LHIN, which will go to the South West LHIN Board for consideration on July 19, 2016.

All calls will be answered by trained information and referral specialists, backed by a robust database of local service information. Staff will first work with callers in crisis to deescalate the crisis. Callers requiring less urgent service or treatment options will receive an appointment or a follow up call or email within 48 business hours by the most appropriate local service agency. Staff will also offer brief intervention therapy, followed by a warm transfer to the newly established Support Line volunteer team at CMHA Middlesex if supportive listening is the most appropriate option.

The development of Reach Out is motivated by best practices and the desire to provide individuals with addiction concerns and mental health needs with timely, seamless access to appropriate services.

To learn more about Reach Out, please contact


2016-07-15T15:06:49-04:00July 15th, 2016|

London CAReS News Release

New leadership, policies and plan for successful housing first organization.
Veteran social services Executive Director, Brian Lester, to bring enhanced model to important homelessness alleviation program

LONDON, ON – June 28, 2016 – In an effort to further strengthen the health and housing outcomes of individuals experiencing homelessness, London’s most successful homelessness reduction program has appointed Brian Lester as interim Managing Director.
The move is the result of a recent strategy for evolution from a shared collaborative governance structure from the original founding partners – Addiction Services Thames Valley, The Unity Project and the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Today, the partners announced a secondment agreement for Lester to provide full time oversight and leadership of London CareS, stepping away temporarily from his role as RHAC Executive Director.
“By ensuring stability, dignity and safety for our community’s most at-risk citizens, London CAReS helps alleviate the strain on our local health and social services, and ultimately helps save lives,” says Lester. “This enhanced approach to governance and leadership is essential to ensuring that important work continues.”
Beginning as a pilot project in 2008, the five-year Housing First experiment came to an end in January 2014, when, due to the overwhelming success of the pilot, London City Council approved ongoing funding for London CAReS.
Today London CAReS has more than 40 staff leading street outreach and housing stability initiatives that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in an approach that has ended homelessness for more than 145 people in London.
“We started as a pilot project nearly 10 years ago. We’re no longer a small program, we’re an organization and our governance and leadership models need to evolve to reflect our success and growth so we can continue to best serve our community’s most vulnerable,” added Lester.
Recent collaborative work on the CAReS governance, leadership and service delivery models has been supported by Dr. John Whitesell, an expert in organizational strategy and change, whose work is recognized across North America and around the world. Dr. Whitesell also co-wrote the London Community Housing Strategy and Plan on Homelessness.
Lester’s appointment as interim Managing Director is effective July 4th.

For more information or to set up interviews please contact:
Brian Lester
About London Cares
London CAReS is part of a Housing First movement across Canada and around the world. CAReS offers the London community a 24/7 integrated continuum of services that strive to ensure many of London’s most vulnerable citizens experience the dignity, safety and pride associated with having a place to call home.
London CAReS delivers services from the philosophy that housing is a human right and must be available to all citizens without expectations of abstinence from substance use or other individual personal challenges. There is a growing body of evidence that illustrates the dignity of having a home is the first step toward improved quality of life and better health outcomes.
About Interim Managing Director, Brian Lester
Brian Lester has worked in the London not-for-profit sector for over 26 years and within leadership roles for over 22 years. He spent 15 years within the employment and training sector serving organization such as; Leads Employment Services, Community Living London and Goodwill Industries. Brian joined Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in October 2006 and assumed the Executive Director role in 2008. Under his leadership RHAC continues to be recognized as a highly performing AIDS Service Organization locally and across the province. During his time at RHAC Brian has lead the legal amalgamation with John Gordon Home, advocated for prosecutorial guidelines for the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, championed London’s inclusion in the current supervision injection services feasibility study, advocated for increased harm reduction services, guided the launch of RHACs 2016 -18 strategic plan and, since its inception, has been a consistent contributing voice in the evolution of London CAReS. Brian is currently serving as the Co-Chair of London’s developing Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

2016-06-28T11:18:10-04:00June 28th, 2016|

London Drug Treatment Court Update

Despite the headline “Drug court ‘being shut down’” in the London Free Press this morning, that is not quite the case. The  suspended program is reorganizing, and creating a new model of service. Four individuals are graduating from the LDTC program within the next three weeks. We will continue to support others currently enrolled in the LDTC program, and former participants as a new program takes shape. We will update as the program evolves.

London Free Press article

2016-06-27T10:02:25-04:00June 27th, 2016|

Redesign Underway of Mental Health and Addictions Phone Supports

Service providers working together to implement a one-line phone access system for the region
London, ON – The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex strives to provide responsive and innovative services to empower individuals on their recovery journey. To accomplish this, we champion change in the mental health and addictions system and work to always put the individuals we support first in our work.

Over the past year and a half, we have been working with our community partners and funders to explore the possibility of a one-number access line for individuals across London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties.

Currently there are multiple support lines including the Crisis Response Line, Distress Line and Senior Helpline answered by London & District Distress Centre, Drug & Alcohol Helpline, Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline and Mental Health Helpline answered by ConnexOntario as well as information and referral services offered at CMHA Middlesex, CMHA Oxford and CMHA Elgin.

Individuals experiencing a crisis shouldn’t need to determine which of these lines best meets their needs. We believe moving to a one-number system will best support individuals in our community and is an important way to reduce barriers to accessing services.

A one-line access system will provide general mental health and addictions information, direct referrals for services (including screening and calendar access and scheduling between service providers), crisis support and bilingual services. Therapeutic and supportive listening services will be provided by volunteers at the Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre. At CMHA Middlesex, we hope to grow this service to include text and web chat support to individuals in crisis.

Earlier this year, the London & District Distress Centre and ConnexOntario presented proposals for coordinating the one-number access line to a committee of service providers and funders working on this project. It was unanimously approved that ConnexOntario had the infrastructure (including the telephone and IT system), capacity and support model to manage the line. As a result, CMHA Middlesex will be moving the funding provided currently to the London & District Distress Centre for the Crisis Response Line to ConnexOntario later this year.

We are also working with our funders at United Way London & Middlesex to move the volunteer therapeutic phone support services (currently offered through the Distress Line) to the Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre. By including this service as part of a robust team of mental health and addictions staff, we are confident that individuals experiencing a crisis will receive the care they need while only having to tell their story once.

CMHA Middlesex will continue to work with our partners to build coordinated, responsive and compassionate mental health and addictions supports. We will be working closely in the coming months with ConnexOntario and the London & District Distress Centre to ensure a seamless transition of services and to develop a collaborative model of care.

Our community has benefitted from the compassion and dedication of the staff and volunteers at the London & District Distress Centre for 48 years. There have been continuous efforts made to include the London & District Distress Centre in our community’s redesign of these mental health and addictions services. We thank them for the many years of partnership with the Crisis Response Line and will provide any support needed to transition services into the new one-line access system.

We are committed to ensuring there is no disruption in services during the coming months.

For more information:

Kristy Cairns
Manager of Communications & Public Engagement
CMHA Middlesex
Tel: 519 668-0624 ext. 425

2016-05-16T13:57:19-04:00May 16th, 2016|
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