|U s i n g t h e D i r e c t o r y|| |
This directory is a listing of agencies with contact information, services offered, staff, and mission statement. Some components may be missing from some agencies. Users are encouraged to investigate the agency in question.
To search for counsellors by location or specialty, click "Search" above. In addition to this feature, there are alphabetical indexes which list all agencies by name, as well as all individual counsellors with their respective agencies.
If you would like to be included in this directory, please contact Shalem's head office.
|N o n - C h r i s t i a n A g e n c i e s|| |
There are several agencies listed in this directory that are not Christian (this is noted on each agency's page). The reason for this is that we wanted to include government-sponsored agencies such as crisis response, child abuse, Alcoholics Anonymous and others.|
For another list of counsellors and agencies in Ontario, visit Family Service Ontario. The majority of their members are non-Christian.
|O H I P R e q u i r e m e n t s f o r o u t - o f - p r o v i n c e t r e a t m e n t|| |
Regulation 52 of the Health Insurance Act, 1972, requires "... treatment for mental illness rendered by a hospital outside of Canada to be a prescribed service."|
- OHIP must establish in advance whether admittance to a facility outside Canada is necessary. The OHIP General Manager must be of the opinion that suitable facilities are not available in Ontario, and once this is established, the General Manager must authorize the treatment at an out-of-province facility prior to admission. This authorization is required if the patient is to be eligible for OHIP reimbursement.
- The appropriate OHIP District Medical Consultant acts on behalf of the General Manager by receiving referrals and authorizing the admittance of individuals to facilities outside Canada. The Medical Consultant is also responsible for informing the facility and the referring physician of the approval or disapproval of each request, and must forward to the facility a written confirmation of each approved request.
- OHIP requires the direct involvement of an Ontario physician with each referral. The physician must provide a personal evaluation appointment with a prospective patient within two or three months of the anticipated admission date and then forward a report to the Medical Consultant which identifies the:
- 1. Current psychiatric diagnosis
- 2. History of treatment
- 3. Recommendations for inpatient treatment
- 4. Identification of the out-of-province facility as the appropriate and requested treatment resource.
- The referring physician is responsible for informing the patient, family, or other appropriate person of OHIP's decision.
- Following approval, the family, patient, or referral resource coordinates admission planning with the facility's admission department. The out-of-province facility arranges clearance with Customs and Immigration officials.
|M a k i n g R e f e r r a l s|| |
How and When to Refer|
If you are of the opinion that a person, couple or family should be referred to a counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist or a marital and family therapist, here are a few suggestions:
- Refer at the first indication of distress. Delay can complicate the problem
- Refer couples and/or families together
- Provide your client with the name(s) of a qualified agency
- Inform your client that he/she must make the appointment
- Follow-up with both your client and the agency or professional the client was referred to.
Although everyone (individuals, couples and families) experiences stress, it is not easy to determine which stress factors can lead to problems which require the assistance of a professional. Some distress signals to look for are:
- Feelings of dissatisfaction with self, marriage, and family members
- Feelings of frustration and difficulty coping with new experiences, such as a new job, separation or divorce
- Feelings of sexual inadequacy
- Feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, mood swings
- Unexplainable and prolonged fatigue
- Evidence of distress (physical and emotional) when referring to one's spouse, finances, parents, children, or other significant persons
- Drug dependency: alcohol or drugs, including tranquilizers, energizers, sleeping pills
- Recurring illnesses with resistance to treatment
- Chronic financial difficulties
- Extreme weight fluctuations and/or irregular eating habits
- Employment difficulties: frequent job changes, relational difficulties with co-workers
|A b o u t S ha l e m|| |
|Shalem Mental Health Network |
1 Young St., Suite 512
(905) 528-3562 (fax)