Sherbourne Health is dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of our trans clients. Below you’ll find updates regarding our services, including information on the transition-related surgery (TRS) assessment and referral process. To receive updates on access to TRS in Ontario, subscribe to our mailing list below.
Information Update – August 17, 2016
If you are a registered client of Sherbourne:
If you are not a registered client of Sherbourne:
Sherbourne is working to expand our programs and services to better support trans clients. In the coming months we are hiring new, additional staff to provide trans clients with more mental health support, help navigating the health care system and other social supports, and a safe, inclusive place to recover from TRS in our in-patient Infirmary.
On March 1, 2016, the Minister of Health announced that people who are seeking OHIP approval for Gender Confirming Surgery (GCS, also known as Sex Reassignment Surgery, or SRS) will no longer need to go through CAMH. Instead, people will have the additional option to get approval from “qualified” primary care providers (Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Psychologists and Social Workers with Masters level education. This will be a great change for trans people, removing an unnecessary and highly challenging barrier to access. To ensure that providers are prepared and comfortable with the assessment and referral process, the Ministry requires providers to take training in accordance with WPATH Standards of Care. Until this training occurs, and until other details are worked out, individuals wanting to access GCS will still need to go through the current process.
May 6, 2016
New information has been released by the GRS clinic in Montreal, which can be found here: http://www.cmcmontreal.com/en/.
The clinic is assuring candidates for surgery that disruption caused by the recent fire will be minimal.
April 25, 2016
April 18, 2016
Following the changes to Ontario’s GCS regulations we are working to ensure that we can provide these new services in the most safe and equitable way possible for Sherbourne clients. As part of our expanding trans health services a cross-agency working group and various clinical sub-groups are developing resources and protocols for GCS assessments and referrals as a priority.
Keep up to date with changes to Gender Confirming Surgery (GCS) access in Ontario
On November 6th 2015, The Minister of Health announced that there will be a change to the regulation on who can assess and approve requests from trans people for SRS (also known as gender affirming surgery or GAS). The new regulation will allow a broader range of regulated and experienced health care professionals to provide these assessments/approvals for GAS/SRS.
There will no longer be only one place where assessments/approvals are provided. As providers become trained and available, these services should become available across Ontario.
CAMH will still be available to provide assessments and approvals but their role may shift to offering assessment and approval services for clients without access to other qualified providers, or for clients with more complex issues.
We advise that you do not take yourself off the CAMH waitlist. Although the regulatory change is good news, these types of changes take time to put in place. Talk to your family doctor about the changes and ask to make a plan for when they come into effect.