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Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Dr. Allison Crawford

The Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health NPOP-C) is committed to providing clinical service, education and support of the highest quality to communities throughout Ontario, but in particular to communities taht are rural or remote, or are considered under-serviced in terms of access to mental health care. We work collaborativey with communities to provide community-relevant service and education.

Director: Dr. Allison Crawford

Consultant services

NPOP-C evolved from a 1993 Underserviced Area Program Committee. What began early in 1994 with consultation service to Kenora expanded in 1995 to include the communities of Parry Sound, Peterborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout and Timmins. NPOP-C has continued to grow, with over 50 faculty consultants providing care across Ontario, including to Atikokan, Elora, Fort William, Kenora, New Liskeard, North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault St. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and Wawa.

We also provide psychiatry outreach to the Qiqiktani Region of Nunavut, with monthly consultation visits by psychiatrists to communities and to Iqaluit, the regional centre. Residents actively participate in this service through electives.

NPOP-C staff and consultants also work closely with the CAMH Telepsychiatry Service, participating in the delivery of clinical care, education and capacity-building. This televideo-based mode of service delivery allows NPOP-C to complement fly-in and drive-in services offered to our partner communities, as well as to provide needed psychiatric consultations to more remote sites not served by visiting physicians.


In affiliation with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, NPOP-C promotes northern outreach opportunities to psychiatry residents. Through a program of short electives and longer core and selective rotations, in collaboration with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, NPOP-C provides a wide range of placements for psychiatric residents to experience supervised training in remote and rural areas.

Resident electives extend our core clinical service mandate by providing a means to implement long-term changes in training, recruitment, retention and career development opportunities for psychiatrists in northern Ontario. This resident training offers the potential to contribute to meeting the health human resource needs of northern Ontario communities.

NPOP-C electives are available in Kenora, New Liskeard, Parry Sound, Kapuskasing, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, North Bay Timmins and Wawa. We can also facilitate electives in many other northern communities.

If you are interested or would like to know more about doing an elective in one of these sites, please contact Achira Saad, administrative secretary and electives co-ordinator at 416 979-4971 or

Continuing education seminars and presentations by NPOP-C faculty are also provided to interprofessional learners at a variety of remote sites in Ontario through televideo. These are arranged at the request of community partners, and contribute to building local capacity to manage mental health care needs within communities.

Partnership communities in northern Ontario


Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program at CAMH
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
250 College Street
Toronto, ON  M5T 1R8

Dr. Allison Crawford, program director
Tel.: 416 535-8501 ext. 30318
Fax: 416 979-6902

Rowena Figueredo, manager
Tel.: 416 535-8501 ext. 34484
Fax: 416 979-6902

Achira Saad, Administrative secretary – education/electives co-ordinator
Tel.: 416 535-8501 ext. 34971
Fax: 416 979-6902

Cameron Sharp, Administrative Secretary – Telepsychiatry Clinics
Tel.: 416 535-8501 ext. 36180