Additional Materials

January 2017 – In the editorial appearing in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry/ La Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie (Vol.

May 10, 2016 – La Presse published an opinion piece written by Charles-Albert Morin and co-signed by the spokesmen for the Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy (CAP) and Christine Grou, the President of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec, also a member of CAP.

May 10, 2016 – It is a fallacy to think that only those who have existential issues seek psychotherapy services. In fact, people who consult psychologists do so because of serious mental health problems that have an important impact not only in their personal lives, but also in their work lives.

In October 2014, clinician-researchers affiliated with the Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy held a conference in Montréal on access to psychotherapy in different countries.

In the Fall of 2015, Québec’s Health and Welfare Commissioner (QHWC) announced that it would conduct public consultations on the basket of insured health services and social services. It therefore invited the public and any interested party to submit briefs on this subject by January 29, 2016. The aspects of interest to the QHWC include the various issues surrounding the basket of insured services, its content, the decision-making process involved in determining which services are included and the criteria by which decisions are taken. The QHWC report will be published in the Fall of 2016.

One of the key principles in our healthcare system is that access to care is based on medical need and not on the individual’s capacity to pay.

April 9, 2015—The Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy (CAP) believes that the Government of Québec should implement a publicly insured program that would provide psychotherapy services to those who need them.

Montréal, Québec—October 29, 2014. 

Organised by Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Alain Lesage, Martin Drapeau and Anne Dezetter

Psychologists, family physicians, psychiatrists and lay people from Québec, other provinces in Canada, France, Belgium, and Switzerland shared their recent findings on different questions relating to psychotherapy services.

Among the subjects that were discussed were: the study being carried out by INESSS in Québec on access to psychotherapy services, the cost-benefits of increased access, introducing psychotherapy services in family medicine clinics, psychologists' views on implementing more psychotherapy services and on how such services could be organized. A panel of CAP members and representatives from other provinces in Canada, France and Switzerland discussed ways in which governments could make psychotherapy services more accessible to the population.