Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Urge Ontario to enable RN initiation of psychotherapy

If psychotherapy is proclaimed as a controlled act in the near future, RNs will be authorized to perform psychotherapy, and yet be excluded from initiating treatment. Unlike other regulated professions which will be authorized to perform this controlled act, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) will require RNs who have been safely performing psychotherapy for years, and sometimes decades, to obtain an order from a physician or nurse practitioner.

Urge the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, John Fraser, to intervene with the College of Nurses of Ontario to enable RN initiation of psychotherapy.

Copies will be sent to:
Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Denise Cole, ADM, Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division

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