Funding For Therapy and Counselling

CMTO has a program for funding for therapy and counselling as required by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The program provides funding for therapy and counselling to Massage Therapy clients who were sexually abused by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT/MT). CMTO’s Client Relations Committee administers the fund. In the Ontario healthcare context, sexual abuse is defined as:

  1. sexual intercourse or other forms of physical sexual relations between the RMT and the client,
  2. touching, of a sexual nature, of the client by the RMT, or
  3. behavior or remarks of a sexual nature by the RMT towards the client.

“Sexual nature” does not include touching, behavior or remarks of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided.

Eligibility

If you have been sexually abused by an RMT, you may qualify for this program. A person is eligible for funding if any of the following situations apply:

(a) It is alleged (in a complaint or report) that the applicant, while a client, was sexually abused by a registrant or former registrant;

(b) There has been a finding by a panel of the College’s Discipline Committee that the applicant, while a client, was sexually abused by a registrant or former registrant;

(c) A registrant or former registrant enters into an undertaking with the College to provide funding for therapy and counselling;

(d) There is an admission made by a registrant in a statement to the College or in an agreement with the College that he or she sexually abused the applicant while the applicant was a client of the registrant or former registrant;

(e) A registrant or former registrant has been convicted under the Criminal Code (Canada) of sexually assaulting the applicant while the applicant was a client of the registrant or former registrant and the facts supporting the sexual assault constitute sexual abuse within the meaning of the Health Professions Procedural Code;

(f) There is a statement, contained in the written reasons of a committee of the College given after a hearing, that the applicant, while a client, was sexually abused by a registrant or former registrant; or

(g) There is sufficient evidence presented to the Client Relations Committee to support a reasonable belief that the applicant, while a client, was sexually abused by a registrant or former registrant.

Available Funding

The maximum funding available to each applicant is established by the RHPA and is equivalent to the amount that the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) would pay for 200 half-hour sessions of individual out-patient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist. This funding amounts to $17,370 per person and is accessible over a five-year period. Under the RHPA, the funding provided is reduced by the amount that OHIP or a private insurer is willing to pay.

Choice of Counsellor/Therapist

Applicants may choose any therapist or counsellor to provide treatment, as long as the therapist or counsellor is not a relative and has not been found guilty of sexual abuse. However, if the therapist or counsellor is not a regulated health professional, they are not subject to professional discipline by a regulatory body.

Applicants can access the fund for more than one therapist or counsellor if they so choose. The funds are paid directly to the chosen therapist or counsellor for treatment provided.

How to Apply

Please submit an application form to CMTO. You will be asked to keep information about your application confidential.

Completed applications may be mailed or emailed to:

Angie Brennand
Director, Policy and Communications
angie.brennand@cmto.com
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
1867 Yonge Street, Suite 810
Toronto, ON M4S 1Y5

If you have further questions, please contact the Policy and Communications department at angie.brennand@cmto.com, or 1-800-465-1933/416-489-2626 extension 4129.

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