Our Official Objections to the Ontario Legislature
This section shows our Ontario Legislature petition in collaboration with Dissociative Society of Canada and Sick of Cuts. It was presented in the House three times (December 9 and 12, 2019 and March 3, 2020). Before COVID shut down this initiative, we obtained approximately 1200 signatures.
This section includes video excerpts from the House visual record, our letter to Minister Elliott that accompanied the petitions delivered December 9, 2019, and online petitions and email for further advocacy.
MPP Jessica Bell presents first batch of Legislative Petitions Dec. 09, 2019
MPP John Fraser reads second batch of OPFP petitions Dec. 12, 2019
MPP Jessica Bell presents third batch of Legislative Petitons March 03, 2020
No Cuts to Psychotherapy
Dear Minister Elliott,
I am writing to urgently request that you remove the Ministry of Health’s proposal to limit the Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage for psychotherapy provided by a doctor to a maximum of 24 hours per year per patient.
This mandated limitation will harm people who cannot afford to privately purchase the psychotherapy sessions that are essential to alleviate their suffering and anguish. The loss of affordable access to care will create serious repercussions for themselves, their families and their communities across the province.
The pandemic has exacerbated the need for existing mental health services to continue without the threat of privatization.
Please protect quality mental health care for Ontarians today and in the future who need appropriate, specialized care for severe and persistent mental or emotional distress.
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I am emailing you today to urge the province to protect OHIP funding for physician delivered psychotherapy. These services are vital for addressing the growing mental health crisis.
By protecting OHIP funding for these services, Ontario's healthcare system can proactively help people with mental health considerations, which helps not only those patients, but the province at large.
Thank you for considering my concerns,