Funding for Therapy and Counselling
The Regulated Health Professions Act requires each health professional college to establish a program to provide funding for therapy and counselling for a person who, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member. This program is administered by the Patient Relations Committee.
The following information is intended for people considering applying for funding from the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
Who is Eligible?
A person is eligible for funding for therapy or counselling when:
- The Discipline Committee makes a finding that a person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member
- An admission is made by a member in a statement to the College, or in an agreement with the College, that he or she sexually abused the person while the person was a patient of the member
- A member has been found guilty under the Criminal Code of sexually assaulting the person, while the person was a patient of the member
- There is a statement, contained in the written reasons of a committee of the College, given after a hearing, that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by the member
- There is sufficient evidence presented to the Patient Relations Committee to support a reasonable belief that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by the member.
Evidence Presented to the Patient Relations Committee
The evidence that the Patients Relations Committee may rely on to support a reasonable belief that sexual abuse occurred includes, for example:
- Evidence that a Notice of Hearing was issued by the College containing allegations of sexual abuse by a member who died or resigned before a Discipline hearing was held
- Evidence that a mandatory report was made naming the member as having sexually abused a patient
- Evidence that corroborates allegations of sexual abuse
A decision by the Patient Relations Committee that a person is eligible for funding does not constitute a finding against the member and shall not be considered by any other Committee of the College dealing with the matter.
How Much Funding is Available?
Funding, up to the maximum, is available for five years from the day on which the person first received therapy or counselling. 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 out-patient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist on the day the person becomes eligible for funding.
Choice of Counsellor/Therapist
A person who is eligible for funding is permitted to choose any therapist or counsellor, subject to the following restrictions:
- The therapist or counsellor must not be in a family relationship to the person;
- The therapist or counsellor must not be a person who has ever 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 counsellor is not a member of a regulated health profession, the person may be asked to sign a document indicating that he or she understands that the therapist or counsellor is not subject to professional discipline.
Funding is paid directly to the therapist or counsellor chosen by the person and may only be used to pay for therapy or counselling. The funding that is provided will be reduced by the amount that OHIP, or a private insurer, is required to pay for therapy or counselling for the person during the period of time during which funding is provided
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 pharmacist or pharmacy technician.
Form A - Application for Funding The completed application will be reviewed by the Patient Relations Committee to determine eligibility for funding for therapy and counselling
Form B - Therapist Information To be completed once the Applicant has identified a therapist. Therapist to complete Part 1 and Applicant to complete Part 2. Payments are made directly to therapist and must relate only to the provision of therapy and counselling.
Form C - Request for Reimbursement of Past Therapy Costs The Patient Relations Committee will consider requests for reimbursement of past therapy costs if the past therapy has not been paid by any provider. The dates of therapy must have occurred after the dates of the reports abuse and the Applicant or Therapist must provide invoices or receipts to verify the therapy costs and dates. Payment will be made directly to the Therapist, who must then reimburse the Applicant.
Form D - Therapist Invoice To be completed and submitted by the Therapist along with the invoice for reimbursement for therapy/counselling. Confirms that none of the previously submitted information has changed since it was originally submitted.
Completed applications should be mailed to:
Patient Relations Committee
Ontario College of Pharmacists
483 Huron Street
Toronto ON, M5R 2R4
If you have further questions, please contact Anne Resnick, Deputy Registrar toll-free at 1-800-220-1921 ext. 2249