Remove the Cap on Psychotherapy

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The Dissociative Society of Canada has partnered with the Ontario Patients for Psychotherapy to fight against the proposed cap of 24 hours of publicly funded psychotherapy. This cap will lead to more strain on an already taxed healthcare system that is already underfunded and understaffed. This proposed cap will only cause additional harm and violence to marginalized Ontarians, but even more so for individuals with highly complex mental health concerns, like Dissociative Disorders, where supports are already a precious and scarce resource. 

If this cap were to proceed, individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Depersonalization, Derealization and Dissociative Amnesia will continue to struggle in a society that is already ignorant and unaccepting. Discrimination for these individuals is already incredibly high, by adding more barriers to care is a failure of the duty of care by the province, and also tantamount to violence. 

Please, sign our petition to remove psychotherapy from the chopping block.

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More information from the Ontario Patients for Psychotherapy:

Petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario 

WHEREAS intensive psychotherapy has for decades been a standard clinical treatment for Ontarians suffering from complex mental conditions and trauma that is not responsive to less-intensive treatments

WHEREAS The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) recommends that the Appropriateness Working Group limit outpatient psychotherapy delivered by a physician to 24 hours per year to ostensibly save $13.2M, with a final decision required by January 31, 2020.

WHEREAS decades of peer-reviewed studies show that intensive psychotherapy is cost-effective, clinically beneficial; and that the arbitrary cap will increase risk of hospitalizations, reduce recovery time and create other social costs, as occurred in Australia

WHEREAS the threat of a flat funding cap has created tremendous fear in psychotherapy patients/clients who cannot afford to purchase the treatment they require, and the loss of funding for intensive therapy will harm vulnerable citizens who deserve and need quality mental health care

We, the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:

Immediately remove the proposal to cut psychotherapy funding from the Appropriateness Working Group negotiations