Funding is maintained under the Patient Relations Program of the College to assist patients with therapy or counselling costs related to sexual abuse.
Who is eligible for funding?
A person is eligible for funding if it is alleged in a complaint or Registrar’s Report that the person was sexually abused by a member while the person was a patient of the member.
Can I choose any therapist or counsellor?
The Applicant is entitled to choose any Therapist or Counsellor, provided the Therapist/Counsellor:
- Does not have a family relationship with the Applicant.
- Has not 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.
- Does not have to be a regulated health professional subject to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. However, if the Applicant chooses a Therapist/Counsellor that is not regulated, that Therapist or Counsellor is not subject to professional discipline.
How much funding is available?
Funding is paid directly to the Therapist or Counsellor chosen by the patient and can only be used to pay for therapy or counselling related to the sexual abuse. Patients can access the funding for more than one therapist if they choose to do so.
The maximum amount of funding that may be provided to a person is equivalent to the amount that Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) would pay for 200 half hour sessions of individual out-patient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist.
The amount of funding provided will be reduced by any amount reimbursed by 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.