OPA Psychotherapy Initiative 

Many of our members have expressed concern about the provincial government's proposed limits on physician-delivered psychotherapy through OHIP and wish to help.  There have also been requests about accessing more information for the evidence supporting the value of long-term/intensive psychotherapy.  Below are pertinent resources.

Advocacy

Physicians 

If you feel comfortable connecting with politicians, you can contact your local conservative Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and/or the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Contact information for MPPs can be found at: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current. Minister Christine Elliott can be reached at: christine.elliott@pc.ola.org.  Here is a template for e-mailing MPPs/other politicians.  

Patients

Patients who have heard about the proposal may ask you questions.  Here is a summary of information that patients may find useful.  What and how to discuss this matter with patients depends on your clinical judgement with each individual patient.  A Web site where interested patients can sign up to receive further updates and ideas is: https://mailchi.mp/saveohippsychotherapy.com/2019.  Those interested in e-mailing MPPs/other politicians can consider this template.

Education

Canadian Resources

American Resources

Dr. Renata M. Villela, MD, FRCPC
Psychotherapy Initiative Lead
Ontario Psychiatric Association


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