ORGANIZATION OF WORK AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
Advisory opinion on mental health services
On February 3, the APTS presented an advisory opinion during the consultations on the mental health impacts of the pandemic and the interministerial action plan for mental health. The APTS document highlights issues such as service underfunding, the purchase of psychotherapy services from the private sector, and the staff shortage, which is particularly acute for psychologists. Rather than turning to the private sector, health and social services minister Lionel Carmant should develop effective solutions for attracting the personnel needed to provide all Quebecers with free, high-quality care. The APTS also strongly condemned the government’s strategy to manipulate waiting lists and its commitment to performance management. Finally, the document includes a warning to Minister Carmant about the problems that may arise from Québec’s program for mental disorders (Programme québécois pour les troubles mentaux) – a program that could hinder the autonomy and judgement of professionals.