The Health Professions Act Bill 21 requires the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta to provide funding for treatment and/or counselling for patients who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a physiotherapist while a patient.
Overview of Funds
- A patient may access funds for up to five years or until the maximum amount of funding has been provided, whichever occurs first.
- Funds cease if the complaint is dismissed.
- The patient may choose any regulated health professional to provide treatment or counselling, subject to the following restrictions:
- The regulated member does not have a conflict of interest (i.e., not a family member)
- The regulated member is in good standing with their regulatory college
- Funding can only be used to cover the cost of treatment or counselling.
- The maximum amount of funding available to a patient is $22,500.
- A complaint is made respecting a physiotherapist that meets the definition of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.
- The individual is a patient as defined by the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s Standard of Practice.
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta uses a third-party to administer the fund that also offers treatment and counselling services or will manage payment to a qualified provider of the patient’s choice.
Other treatment and counselling services
Community resources may also be available. Contact the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services for services in your area.