New Addictions Recovery Fund to Expand Addictions Services at the Jean Tweed Centre in Etobicoke
ETOBICOKE – The Ontario government is investing $90 million over three years through the new Addictions Recovery Fund to immediately expand addictions services and increase the number of treatment beds across the province. This funding will help thousands of Ontarians access enhanced specialized services for mental health and addictions treatment, including in rural, Northern and Indigenous communities.
“During the pandemic, many Ontarians have witnessed or experienced the devastating impacts of mental health and addictions challenges. That is why the provincial government continues to invest and expand supports for addictions treatment,” said Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke – Lakeshore. “This investment is crucial in protecting the progress that we have made, while also providing organizations like the Jean Tweed Centre with the necessary tools to provide families and individuals with the help they deserve.”
The Jean Tweed Centre provides quality counselling and care to nearly two thousand women and their families each year. The mission of the Jean Tweed Centre is to offer innovative, accessible, and effective services to those who experience substance use, those who are struggling with mental health issues, and those who suffer from gambling.
“The investment announced today will create critically needed supports for women with substance use concerns,” said the Jean Tweed Centre. “We know that gender plays a part in the health and social impacts of substance use on women and we need solutions to address these needs. This funding will provide residential treatment beds, withdrawal management and transitional housing that will enhance a vital part of the continuum of care that women rely on to support their healing. This funding means greater access to the services women need, when they need them.”
Studies have shown that opioid-related deaths surged by 79 per cent during the first two waves of the pandemic, with Ontarians at risk of overdose facing significant barriers to accessing treatment. To meet the demand for treatment, investments will support 396 new addictions treatment beds for adults who need intensive supports, helping to stabilize and provide care for approximately 7,000 clients per year. Investments in other addictions services and supports include:
- Six new Youth Wellness Hubs offering developmentally tailored primary care and mental health and addictions treatment for youth ages 12 to 25;
- Two new Mobile Mental Health Clinics to provide a full suite of mental health and addictions services directly to individuals living in remote, rural and underserved communities;
- Three new police-partnered Mobile Crisis Response Teams to support individuals in a mental health or addictions crisis; and
- Additional community supports including day/evening intensive treatment, mild to moderate intensive treatment, and after-care programs.
“Both before and during the pandemic, we’ve seen a surge in demand for high-quality addictions care that addresses the unique needs of vulnerable populations across Ontario,” said Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “This historic investment is an important step forward to protect our progress in our fight against COVID-19, and ensuring that individuals and families in every corner of the province have reliable access to the help they expect and deserve.”