Research, Partnerships & Capacity Building
The Jean Tweed Centre has a long standing tradition of working in collaboration with other services and sectors.  We believe we are stronger and more effective when we work together, share responsibility and tap into the creativity of varied mandates and perspectives.  

The Jean Tweed Centre has been a leader in the development and promotion of Best Practices for Women with substance use and gambling problems.  We have, for example, advocated for the inclusion of services for children in treatment settings, outreach services to marginalized women, and trauma support/ informed services for all women seeking help. At present, we are engaged in numerous service partnerships in the Health and Social Service Sector and we are active participants in system planning discussions at all levels of government and local service planning.   
The following describes some initiatives currently underway:


  • Engaging substance using pregnant or parenting Aboriginal women, child welfare services and drug treatment providers in a collaborative process
    • Partners:  Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and Ryerson University
    • Funder:    Canadian Institute of Health Research
  • Outcome study for Seeking Safety program for a female population with co-occurring problem gambling and post traumatic stress
    • Partners:  Women’s College Hospital and Harvard University
    • Funder:    Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre 

Service Partnerships

  • Strengthening Families for the Future: A 14 week program delivered to families with child welfare involvement.
    • Partners:  Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (including a host of sites located across the GTA)
    • Funder:     Ministry of Children and Youth
  • UHN Mental Health Partnership: On site mental health assessments and access to follow-up psychiatric care coupled with training and knowledge exchange.
    • Partners:  Toronto Western Hospital
  • Concurrent Disorders Support Service Networks – Toronto Central & Central West Initiatives: To enhance service capacity through knowledge exchange and improved access to concurrent disorder capable services.
    • Partners:  A large number of cross sectoral service providers in the Toronto Central and Central West LHINs
  • Pathways to Healthy Families: Outreach Services for Pregnant and parenting women in 4 locations across Toronto/or Parenting Women and children (0-6)
    • Partners:  Rosalie Hall Robertson House, Aboriginal Withdrawal Management Services (Toronto East General)
    • Funder:   Ministry of Health 
  • Mainstay Housing provides housing for mental health consumer-survivors. Building Futures. Creating Communities

Capacity Building

  • Children Affected by Substance Abuse: Three components:
    • A Jean Tweed staff member located in Intake at Toronto Children’s Aid Society  (CAST) offering consultation & training
    • The collaborative development of a best practice protocol for CAST Intake working with families presenting with substance abuse related issues
    • The development of a provincial on-line substance abuse training for Child Welfare service providers
  • Girl Talk: Youth engagement using an ambassador model in the development of a drug prevention toolkit.
    • Partners:  Parent Action on Drugs, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Massey Centre for Women, Humewood Centre, June Callwood Centre, Rosalie Hall
    • Funder: Health Canada
  • Pathways to Healthy Families:  Training, education  and consultation for services networks across Toronto
  • Pathways to Healthy Families: Building capacity within Toronto communities to identify and support pregnant and/or Parenting Women who use drugs or alcohol. Through consultation, training and education
    • Partners:   Housing/Shelter system, Community Health Centres, Child Welfare, Youth   Education/Substance Use Services/Networks
    • Funder:  Ministry of Health
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