May 13th Council Meeting Highlights

At its May 13th, 2013 meeting, Council formally approved several initiatives related to registration, as well as governance and administrative matters.

Professional Liability Insurance

Council approved a by-law outlining the minimum requirements for professional liability insurance coverage required of future members.  See the by-law page for more information.
Click here for full Council highlights.

Council Approves Revised Draft Registration Regulation

On April 5th the transitional Council held a special meeting to review stakeholder feedback on the revised draft Registration Regulation, received during the statutory consultation period from January to March, 2013. Council also considered and approved several revisions to the draft regulation proposed by Registration Committee, including a number suggested by stakeholders.

The special meeting was conducted mainly by teleconference, as only two Council members were able to attend in person; in addition, approximately 15 observers were present. Advance public notice of the meeting was provided and the meeting was duly called and constituted.
Changes to the draft Registration Regulation 
Click here for changes to the regulation.

Stakeholder Consultation (now closed)

January 24 – March 25, 2013
As you may know, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care indicated in November 2012 that it could not support our draft Registration Regulation as submitted to MOHLTC a year ago. (See ministry letter here.) In particular, it could not support the Registered Mental Health Therapist category as proposed by the transitional Council. The ministry directed the transitional Council to focus on regulating those who practise the profession of psychotherapy.
At its January 16th meeting, Council approved a significantly revised Registration Regulation, for circulation to stakeholders for feedback. The most significant change is that the RMHT category of membership has been removed from the regulation. Council’s intention is that consideration of the RMHT title will be deferred until after proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007.
We asked for your comments on two particular items… (See full article here.)

Draft Registration Regulation Under Review

Stakeholders who’ve been following the work of the transitional Council are likely aware that our draft Registration Regulation, submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in January 2012, has not been approved.  In November, Council was informed that the ministry could not support the registration of those practitioners proposed for the Registered Mental Health Therapist (RMHT) category.  The full letter from Assistant Deputy Minister Suzanne McGurn outlining the ministry’s position is available here, and our President’s response is linked here.

As a result of this news, the draft Registration Regulation was reviewed by the Registration Committee, and proposed revisions were approved by Council in January.  The revised draft Registration Regulation was circulated for stakeholder consultation; March 25, 2013 was the deadline for stakeholder feedback.
Ministry Response to draft Registration Regulation
In January 2012, our draft Professional Misconduct, Quality Assurance and Registration Regulations were submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) for review and approval.
On November 21, the President of the transitional Council received a letter from the ministry regarding the Registration Regulation, which explained that the MOHLTC cannot seek approval for the regulation in its current form.  See the letter here.

Transitional Council replies…

November 29, 2012
Ms. Suzanne McGurn
Assistant Deputy Minister
Health Human Resources Strategy Division
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Dear Ms. McGurn,
I am writing on behalf of the transitional Council to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated November 21, 2012, providing your ministry’s response to our registration regulation submission, and to table some substantive concerns that we have going forward, in light of the recent ministerial decision.
We fully understand the ministry’s position and will be complying with that direction.  I would be remiss, however, not to share with you the considerable dismay and disappointment expressed at Council with the ministry’s decision not to proceed with our draft registration regulation in its current form… See full response here.
Observers are welcome at attend Council meetings, normally held at Council offices, located in Toronto at Queen St. East and Jarvis St.

 

Updated August 12, 2013