Psychotherapists and counsellors say tight new rules for claiming ACC subsidies for sexual abuse counselling have become "a rapists' charter".Click through for the rest of the article.
The national associations of psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers have released anonymous details of 54 cases showing longer delays and more rejections since the new rules took effect on October 27.
"ACC's own statistics show a serious reduction in approved claims," they said in a joint statement.
"This must please the rapists and paedophiles.
"They believe that what they do doesn't cause any harm - the new ACC pathway is a rapists' charter."
The new rules provide subsidised counselling only for sexual abuse victims with a diagnosed mental condition caused by the abuse, and generally only for up to 16 weeks before a further review.
Most counsellors and psychotherapists do not have specific training to make psychiatric diagnoses, so they have had to refer cases to psychologists or wait for ACC to get its own psychologists to assess clients.
Auckland's two main specialist agencies, Auckland Sexual Abuse Help and South Auckland's Counselling Services Centre, both said yesterday that they had still not had a single new ACC claim approved since October 27.
This is absolutely disastrous. For the sake of saving some money the Government has decided to cut support for people who have already gone through enough. Who are these changes actually working for? Certainly not those making sensitive claims.