Addiction Health

: 613-563-0363
: 488 Wilbrod St Ottawa, ON K1N 6M8

Amethyst is a collective providing day service to women who need counseling for addiction – so substance use and problem gambling. Our services our specifically for women, and we provide services in both English and French.
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Students are accepted at various times – usually in the areas of justice, criminology, social work, counseling. Please e-mail for more information.

: Dr. Sinthuja Sunthralingam
: 613-737-7600 ext. 2703

Although my interest is in Adolescent Substance Use—my clinical care where students can get involved is Consultation Liaison (medical illnesses with psychiatric illnesess, Emergency care Psychiatry in Child and Adolescent). I also visit the Inuit Family Health team once a month (where I can take a student with me) as a consultant.

: Dr. Rober Milin
: The Royal, 1145 Carling Avenue


: Raymond Walli (Manager of Operations)
: 613-225-7272
: 200-1489 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON K2E 5P3


: Steve Vachon, Ps.Ed. (Gestionnaire des programmes de santé mentale et de l’accès centralisé en toxicomanie / Manager, Mental Health programs and Addictions coordinated access)
: 613-241-5202
: 338 Montreal Road, suite 10, Ottawa, ON K1L 6B3

Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services (OAARS) is the Champlain centralized access to all LHIN funded agencies providing addiction treatment. It is a starting point for people 16 years and older who are concerned about their substance use and want to understand and discuss treatment options.

Our main goal is to help people navigate the addictions treatment system so they can find the solutions they need and the treatment option that is right for them or their loved ones. We conduct screening and assessments, offer referrals, and provide information, support and guidance. This is a fully bilingual service which conducted over 2300 assessments and referrals last year. OAARS has agreements with most funded addictions treatment agencies in the Ottawa Champlain region, which greatly facilitates access to anyone seeking help about their substance use.

Just one number to call to access the program which will correspond to your needs: (613)241-5202. Clients can call to speak to our triage Navigator. During that phone conversation the Navigator will ask screening questions and may triage certain clients toward immediate support, within 2-3 business days (people with very high risk usage, pregnant women, needing withdrawal management, etc). This support can include rapid access to a Nurse Practitioner to help with primary care needs and withdrawal management medication. The navigator will then schedule an assessment meeting within 3 weeks (in times of great demand, the wait time to get an assessment and referral maybe a bit longer but should not exceed 3-4 weeks). When clients get their assessment, they will be referred directly to a treatment program that is adjusted to their clinical profile and their recovery goals.

5 things to remember about OAARS:
1. Our 5 system navigators provide assessments of addiction problems and needs profiles based on a set of validated tools;
2. Our navigators will refer clients directly to the targeted treatment agencies in accordance with an individualized referral plan (possibly involving a series of treatment steps);
3. We offer information and education to our clients and their relatives, and provide support while clients are waiting to start treatment;
4. We work from a harm reduction model, considering not only addiction needs, but also looking at mental health, social supports and primary care needs: we believe in recovery;
5. Navigators are bilingual professionals with experience and knowledge to help accessing and navigating the addictions system.