If you have been sexually abused by an Registered Traditional Chinese Practitioner, you may be eligible to receive funding for therapy and counselling from the College.
The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), mandates that each regulatory college has the responsibility to create and administer a fund for therapy and counselling for patients who have been sexually abused by a member. (RHPA, 1991, c. 18, Sched. 2 s. 85.7 (2) and (3)) This funding program is administered by the Patient Relations Committee. The Patient Relations Committee is a statutory committee of College, which his composed of both Professional and Public Council members.
Currently a person is eligible for funding if a Discipline Committee finds that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a practitioner. A patient’s eligibility is not affected by an appeal from the panel’s finding.
Choice of Therapist or Counselor
The patient may choose the therapist or counselor of their choice. However, there are a couple of eligibility criteria:
- The therapist or counselor cannot be a relative of the patient
- The therapist or counselor cannot be, to the College’s knowledge, at any time or in any jurisdiction been found guilty of professional misconduct of a sexual nature or been found civilly or criminally liable for an act of a similar nature.
- If the therapist or counselor is NOT a member of a regulated health profession, the College may require the patient to sign a document indicating that he or she is not subject to professional discipline.
Funding is paid directly to the therapist or counselor chosen by the patient, not the person, and can only be used to pay for therapy or counselling related to the sexual abuse. The therapist or counselor will be requested to submit his or her invoices to the College. Patients can access the funding for more than one therapist if these choose to do so.
The amount of funding provided will be reduced by any amount reimbursed by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or a private insurer during the relevant time period. Patients are required to use other available sources of funding, such as private insurance, first.
The maximum period for coverage for counselling and therapy is five years from:
- The date that the person first received therapy related to the sexual abuse for which the person is requesting funding, OR,
- The date the Discipline Committee found that the practitioner committed sexual abuse.
The maximum amount of funding that may be provided to a person in respect of sexual abuse is the amount that the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) would pay for 200 half hour sessions of individual outpatient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist on the day the person becomes eligible for funding.
How to Apply
An application and related documents are to be completed and submitted in order to apply for funding for therapy or counselling for patients sexually abused by a Registered traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and/or Acupuncturist.
Form A Application for Funding For Therapy and Counselling To be completed by Patient
You are required to complete this form to apply for funding. The form contains the information that the Patient Relations Committee requires to assess your eligibility. At this stage you are not required to provide a counsellor or therapists name.
Form B Therapist or Counsellor Information To be completed by Patient and Therapist or Counselor
This form may be submitted at the same time as Form A if you already have chosen a therapist or counsellor. If you haven’t, you can submit it after the Patient Relations Committee has made a decision regarding your eligibility, and you have selected a therapist or counsellor. This form provides the Patient Relations Committee with information regarding the therapist or counsellor you would like to see/are seeing. Please note complete this form must be completed before funding can begin.
Form C Request for Reimbursement of Past Therapy Costs To be completed by Patient
This form allows you to request reimbursement for out of pocket past therapy costs. You must complete and submit it at the same time as Form A. Please note that you are required to provide us with invoices/receipts.
Form D Invoice To be completed by Patient and Therapist or Counselor
If the Patient Relations Committee finds you are eligible for funding and you have submitted Form B, then your therapist or counsellor needs to complete and send us this form every time they send us an invoice. We require this form before we can make payment to the therapist or counsellor.
Funding for Therapy and Counselling information Sheet
Completed applications should be mailed to:
- Patient Relations Committee
- 55 Commerce Valley Drive West, Suite 705
- Thornhill ON L7T 7V9
If you have any further questions regarding the funding program for Therapy and Counseling Program, please contact the College.