The Jean Tweed Centre was established in 1983 and named after Jean Shannon Tweed – a woman who saw the need for a safe and supportive environment for women to address their substance use issues. Jean Tweed was a pioneer in advancing the cause of women-specific programming. The Centre was named in her honour.
Since its founding, the Centre has evolved and grown to become a leading community-based substance abuse, mental health and problem gambling agency for women in Ontario. The Centre offers a wide range of services including residential and day programming, out-patient programming including family and trauma counseling, individualized counselling and continuing care. Outreach services are available for pregnant and parenting women as well as women who have concurrent mental health and substance use problems and involvement in the criminal justice system. In keeping with our focus on women, parenting and children, the Centre also offers a fully licensed therapeutic child development centre on site.
The Jean Tweed has a long and proud history of advocacy, collaboration and leadership. Some additional examples of ground-breaking initiatives include:
Gender Matters: A provincial conference
Trauma Matters: Best Practice Guidelines for Trauma-Informed Practices in Women’s Substance Use Services
Expanded reach to include mental health supports and permanent housing for women and women-led families.
The Toronto Central LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network) funds the agency’s core services.
The agency also provides a number of short-term initiatives and special projects that are funded through the Provincial Ministry of Children and Youth and Health Canada. All other services are supported through fund-raising efforts such as special events, corporate and foundation applications, direct-mail solicitations and individual bequests.
The Jean Tweed Child Development Centre receives subsidies from the City of Toronto for children whose mothers attend programming.