A 2014 Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) study explored attitudes toward, and coverage of, RSW services by major extended health care providers as part of individual insurance or employee benefit plans. The findings suggest that many do offer coverage in specific plans or as an a la carte feature; however it appears that as of 2014, significantly less than half cover RSW services in their standard plans.

An important obstacle to coverage is a lack of awareness among employers that RSWs in private practice provide timely and high quality counseling services, just like psychologists and other counseling professionals.  RSWs belong in mental health provider networks and it is up to us to educate employers as well as insurance providers about our services. 

We recommend that you contact providers directly for the most up-to-date information.