Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
COVID-19 – Virtual Services to Northwestern Ontario patients & jurisdictional practice considerations
Providing virtual psychological care to our Northwestern Ontario patients, who have access to health system services in Manitoba’s health regions where applicable through inter-government agreement, would result in out of jurisdiction practice, unless the Psychologist is licensed in Ontario with C.P.O., in addition to being licensed in Manitoba with P.A.M
Discussions with Dr. Rick Morris, Registrar and Executive Director, the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and Dr. Alan Slusky, Registrar, Psychological Association of Manitoba, have identified an interim solution to ensure geographic boundaries do not inadvertently undermine access to care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical services across Manitoba have quickly shifted to telepsychology and virtual clinics where possible, in order to ensure continuity of care and facilitate patient and staff safety. This change in how clinical services are delivered means that patients are now receiving care in their home.
As of April 1, 2020, health region Psychology services normally accessed by Northwestern Ontario residents (i.e., those west of Thunder Bay) in-person in Manitoba can be provided virtually across the provincial border for existing and new patients during the COVID-19 pandemic period. This enables delivery of virtual care to patients’ NW Ontario location.
Any Psychologist who is on medical staff with the health regions providing this virtual care to NW Ontario patients and who is not licensed to practice in Ontario, needs to contact the College of Psychologists of Ontario prior to first initiating these services.
At the time virtual services cease to Northwestern Ontario patients in the context of the COVID- 19 pandemic response, psychologists are to advise the CPO and PAM Registrars of same.
Mental Health Workers
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