Kaiser therapists take to the streets to protest HMO’s failure to provide mental health services

POSTED ON October 21st, 2019

Kaiser Permanente psychologists, therapists, and social workers took to the streets Saturday, October 19 to protest Kaiser’s chronic failure to provide its patients with timely access to mental health care. The mental health clinicians, along with patients and community allies, gathered at Kaiser’s corporate headquarters in Oakland before marching down Grand Avenue to the eastern […]

NUHW members picket at Providence St. Joseph hospitals

POSTED ON August 29th, 2019

Hospital workers picketed outside Providence St. Joseph hospitals in Petaluma, Napa and Eureka Thursday, Aug. 22 to demand contracts that provide safe staffing as Providence seeks state approval to merge its Northern California hospitals with several belonging to Adventist Health. The pickets were covered by the Napa Valley Register and Eureka Times-Standard, as well as […]

Members hold vigils for Kaiser mental health patients

POSTED ON August 29th, 2019

Kaiser mental health clinicians held vigils outside Kaiser facilities across Southern California this month to draw attention to the struggles faced by their patients, who must weeks or months for therapy appointments. Patients and community allies joined clinicians at several vigils, during which clinicians read stories submitted by patients who were denied timely care. KPCC […]

Kaiser clinicians conduct one-day strike in San Francisco

POSTED ON July 30th, 2019

The challenges we face in fixing Kaiser’s mental health system were illustrated in San Francisco, where clinicians held a one-day strike July 10 to protest severe understaffing that has resulted in 70 percent of group therapy programs being cancelled and children having to wait four to six weeks for their first face-to-face appointment. Kaiser has […]

Op Ed: Kaiser executives need to change their priorities

POSTED ON July 26th, 2019

By Alicia Cruz Sometimes it seems that Kaiser Permanente is throwing money at everything but mental health care. In recent weeks we’ve learned that Kaiser is building a $900 million headquarters in Oakland and paying the Golden State Warriors nearly $300 for a sponsorship deal that includes naming rights to “Thrive City,” the sports and […]