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Policy HC-09 - Psychological Treatment

Effective Dates

July 1, 2013 and still in effect


Health Care Services

General Information

Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the Act) states that the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) may provide payment for health care assistance. The Act further provides YWCHSB with the authority and discretion to determine the necessity, character and sufficiency of health care assistance.

YWCHSB policy EN-09, "Adjudicating Psychological Disorders" outlines how psychological injury claims are to be adjudicated. EN-09 focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder arising from a single critical incident or series of incidents related to the workplace. YWCHSB recognizes that in some instances a need for psychological treatment may develop where the claim was not originally accepted as a psychological injury.


Psychological treatment may be necessary at times to assist an injured worker with their recovery and facilitate an early and safe return to work. This policy outlines under what circumstances YWCHSB will authorize payment for psychological treatment. It further establishes the responsibilities of the injured worker, psychological treatment provider and YWCHSB.