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College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Funding for Therapy and Counselling

Provisions Under the RHPA

Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, (RHPA), the College is mandated to develop a sexual abuse prevention program. The provisions under the RHPA make sexual abuse of clients an act of professional misconduct, require the reporting of sexual abuse by another health professional and provide funding for therapy and counselling for patients/clients who have been sexually abused by registrants.

The fund, originally established in 2006, is in place to reimburse potential applicants who have been sexually abused by a dental hygienist with the necessary funds for therapy and counseling. While the maximum amount may vary depending on specific circumstances, it is approximately $16,000 (which is equivalent to 200 half-hour sessions of individual out-patient psychotherapy with a psychiatrist).

The College has a policy of zero tolerance for sexual abuse of patients/clients.  Throughout the process, the College is committed to treating applicants for funding in a sensitive and respectful manner.

For more information about the College’s Funding For Therapy and Counselling please contact the College.

Eligibility

A person is eligible for funding under the program if:

(a) there is an admission made by a dental hygienist in a statement to the College or in an agreement with the College that s/he sexually abused the person while the person was a patient/client of the registrant;

(b) a dental hygienist has been convicted under the Criminal Code (Canada) of sexually assaulting the person while the person was a patient/client of the dental hygienist and the facts supporting the sexual assault constitute sexual abuse within the meaning of the Health Professions Procedural Code;

(c) there is a statement, contained in the written reasons of a committee of the College given after a hearing, that the person, while a patient/client, was sexually abused by a dental hygienist;

(d) there is sufficient evidence presented to the Patient Relations Committee to support a reasonable belief that the person, while a patient/client, was sexually abused by a dental hygienist, or

(e)  there is a finding by a panel of the Discipline Committee that the person, while a client/patient, was sexually abused by a dental hygienist.