The Pulse
OAMHP represents the membership of the former OACCPP and OAPA. We are dedicated to serving the needs of mental health professionals.
Dear Members,
As your Association we are working hard to provide you with information so that you are better able to make informed decisions as you navigate this new reality, access support and potentially transition your practice online. Below you will find some of the information and resources we shared this past week.
On April 7 th , we held an online workshop with Lawrence Murphy, entitled Establishing Online Clinical Practice . We then shared a recap of the event with information and additional links which may be of value to you. You can access the document on our COVID-19 Resources page or directly, HERE .
Earlier this week, we announced a new benefit as you consider which online platform is right for you and your practice. OAMHP members are now able to access the VirtualCare platform for $10 a month with the first two months offered free. To sign up, see their  website   or contact VirtualCare directly at .
This platform, designed by Think Research, is an Ontario Telemedicine Network Vendor of Record. PHIPA compliant, VirtualCare offers one more solution to consider when looking at how best to offer your clients high-quality care during these unprecedented times.
The government has announced changes to two critical programs: the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA).

CERB has been expanded to include the following:

  • Allow workers, including the self-employed, to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB;
  • Include workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits since January 1, 2020, and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19; and
  • Include seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits since January 1, 2020 and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can find more detailed information about this announcement via the following resources:

CEBA Updates:

CEBA provides interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $40,000 via financial institutions, however, many small businesses did not qualify for a CEBA loan.
This week it was announced that the eligibility requirements are expanding to include businesses with between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new range will help address the challenges faced by small businesses to cover non-deferrable operating costs.
Find more information about this announcement  here .
Support for small businesses :
  1. Visit our government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for information about supporting your employees and your business.
  2. Consult the Canadian Business Resilience Network and Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pandemic preparedness guide to help prepare your business in the days and weeks to come.
We continue to update our  Covid-19 Resources page and our new site the MHPConnector with resources and timely articles. Please be in touch if you have any questions or a resource to share.
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