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Press Coverage: Kaiser Mental Health Care Crisis

Click here for press coverage of NUHW’s January 2015 Kaiser mental health strike.

2016

August 19, 21016
KQED Public Radio: The California Report
Sorry, The Therapist Can’t See You — Not Now, Not Anytime Soon

July 15, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
Single Mom’s Search for Therapist Foiled by Insurance Companies

June 10, 2016
KQED Public Radio: Forum (San Francisco)
Despite Laws to Increase Access, Many Californians Struggle to Find Mental Health Services

June 6, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
Mental Health Study: Sorry, I’m Not Accepting New (Black or Poor) Patients

June 1, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
Depressed Teen’s Struggle to Find Mental Health Care in Rural California

May 31, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
San Diego Mother Mourns While Mental Health Gaps Persist

May 26, 2016
NUHW.org
NUHW-respresented Kaiser mental health clinicians honored with United in Courage Award

May 24, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
Frustrated You Can’t Find a Therapist? They’re Frustrated, Too

May 24, 2016
KQED Public Radio (San Francisco)
How Therapy Became a Hobby of the Wealthy – Rather Than a Necessity for the Mentally Ill

 

2015

Click here for press coverage of NUHW’s January 2015 Kaiser mental health strike.

December 9, 2015
KIRO TV (Seattle)
Family seeks answers following son’s suicide; couldn’t get mental health care from Kaiser

November 19, 2015
Labor Notes
Kaiser mental health clinicians win scheduling ratios
By Clement Papazian

November 18, 2015
East Bay Express (Oakland)
Kaiser still violating mental health laws, clinicians say

November 18, 2015
Fairfield Daily Republic
Kaiser Permanente reaches tentative pact with mental health workers

November 17, 2015
Becker’s Hospital Review
Kaiser mental health clinician strike averted, deal reached: 9 things to know

November 17, 2015
Courthouse News Service
Mental health workers end beef with Kaiser

November 17, 2015
Oakland North
National Union of Healthcare Workers calls off strike against Kaiser upon reaching tentative agreement

November 17, 2015
KFBK News Radio (Sacramento)
Strike averted as Kaiser, healthcare workers come to agreement

November 17, 2015
KKSF News Radio (San Francisco)
Strike averted as Kaiser, healthcare workers come to agreement

November 17, 2015
KOGO News Radio (San Diego)
Strike averted as Kaiser, healthcare workers come to agreement

November 17, 2015
Rapid News Network
Kaiser mental health strike averted

November 17, 2015
Bloomberg
Kaiser agrees to boost mental health staff 

November 16, 2015
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kaiser, mental health workers avert strike

November 16, 2015
California Healthline
Kaiser, mental health workers reach tentative three-year contract deal to avoid strike

November 16, 2015
Behavioral Healthcare
Kaiser Permanente and union finally agree on new deal

November 16, 2015
Central Valley Business Journal
Kaiser, mental health workers avoid strike

November 16, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
Kaiser, therapists avert strike, propose 15 percent raise

November 16, 2015
Sacramento Business Journal
How Kaiser and union leaders finally ended a five-year standoff

November 16, 2015
Vallejo Times-Herald
Kaiser mental health strike averted

November 16, 2015
Healthcare Finance
Kaiser Permanente, union avoid mental health workers strike, approve wage hikes

November 16, 2015
San Francisco Business Journal
Kaiser, NUHW avert NorCal mental health workers strike

November 16, 2015
KPBS
Kaiser and Northern California therapists reach tentative deal

November 16, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser, mental health workers OK last-minute deal to avert strike

November 16, 2015
Sacramento Bee
Kaiser agrees to boost mental health staff

November 16, 2015
Bay City News Service
Kaiser mental health strike averted

November 16, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
Kaiser, mental health workers avoid strike

November 16, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser, therapists reach deal, averting strike

November 12, 2015
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kaiser mental health workers to go on strike Monday

November 12, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle/Oakland North
Kaiser mental health staffers prepare for second strike of the year

November 12, 2015
Becker’s Hospital Review
Kaiser Permanente mental health care workers to strike: 6 things to know

November 6, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser mental health workers set to strike Nov. 16

November 5, 2015
San Francisco Business Times
1,400 Kaiser mental health workers to strike

November 5, 2015
Los Cerritos News
1,400 Kaiser mental health clinicians to launch strike Nov. 16

October 22, 2015
Contra Costa Times
Northern California Kaiser mental health workers authorize strike

September 26, 2015
Los Angeles Times
His 83-year-old wife jumped to her death from a Kaiser clinic — why?

September 14, 2015
NPR’s Here and Now
California faces uphill battle to improve mental health (audio story)

August 29, 2015
Bay Area News Group (Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury-News, Chico Enterprise Record, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus, Contra Costa Times, West County Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Achieving mental health parity: slow going even in ‘pace car” state of California

August 12, 2015
Kaiser Health News/National Public Radio/KQED Radio (San Francisco)
Strict limits on mental health care still common for California patients
KPCC Southern California Public Radio (includes audio): Seeking ‘parity’ in insurance coverage for mental health patients
KALW San Francisco (includes audio): Achieving mental health parity

August 1, 2015
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kaiser Permanente faces renewed criticism over mental health services after Santa Rosa suicide

February 26, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News/San Bernardino Sun
Kaiser violations referred to state enforcement arm

February 26, 2015
Becker’s Hospital Review
Kaiser Permanente under scrutiny for delays in mental health services

February 26, 2015
The American Journal of Accountable Care
California makes strides in mental health, slams Kaiser for failures

February 25, 2015
Modern Healthcare
Kaiser still has mental health care issues, state agency reports

February 25, 2015
Orange County Register
Kaiser Permanente’s mental health care services faulted by state regulator for second time in two years

February 25, 2015
Healthcare Finance News
Kaiser Permanente faulted again for limiting access to mental health treatment in California

February 25, 2015
Tech Times
Kaiser working on improving health services: regulators not impressed

February 25, 2015
KQED (Northern California)
Calif. calls Kaiser mental health services ‘inadequate’ as treatment delays persist

February 25, 2015
Kaiser Health News
Kaiser Permanente faulted again for mental health care lapses in California

February 25, 2015
California Healthline
DMHC: Mental health services deficiencies remain at Kaiser

February 25, 2015
Courthouse News Service
Kaiser still deficient, California says

February 25, 2015
East Bay Express
Kaiser still failing mental health patients, state investigation finds

February 25, 2015
KFBK (Sacramento)
State officials say major problems with Kaiser Permanente still unresolved

February 25, 2015
AllGov
Despite $4-million fine, Kaiser still mucking up mental health treatment

February 25, 2015
State of Reform
California faults behavioral health access at Kaiser Permanente

February 25, 2015
California Health Access
Kaiser Permanente whacked again on lack of timely access

February 24, 2015
Los Angeles Times
State again slams Kaiser Permanente for delays in mental health treatment

February 24, 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser improves, but mental health appointments still lag

February 24, 2015
San Diego Union-Tribune
Report: Kaiser’s mental care still poor

February 24, 2015
Sacramento Business Journal
Report: Kaiser still doesn’t meet standards on mental health care access

February 24, 2015
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kaiser mental health services improved for some, slow for others

February 24, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
Kaiser improves mental health services, but more needs to be done, agency finds

February 24, 2015
KPCC (Southern California)
State find Kaiser has fixed some but not all of its mental health access issues

February 24, 2015
KPBS (San Diego)
California regulators say Kaiser still hasn’t fixed access to care problems

February 24, 2015
Vallejo Times-Herald
Kaiser mental health delivery still needs work, state says

February 24, 2015
San Francisco Business Times
Kaiser still doesn’t meet standards on mental health care access, report says

February 24, 2015
Marin Independent Journal
Kaiser improves mental health services, but more needs to be done, agency finds

 

2014

East Bay Express ImageNovember 27, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Kaiser criticized over mental health care staffing

November 24, 2014
Kaiser disputes mental health workers’ claims of inadequate care

November 21, 2014
Vallejo Times-Herald / Vacaville Reporter
Kaiser Vallejo mental health workers contemplate strike

November 21, 2014
Bay Area News Group (San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Hayward Daily Review, Chico Enterprise-Record, Contra Costa Times, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Fremont Argus, Paradise Post)
Kaiser mental health workers say system is broken

November 20, 2014
Courthouse News Services
Kaiser clinicians threaten to strike

November 19, 2014
The California Report / KQED Public Radio, San Francisco
Kaiser mental health clinicians authorize strike (audio story)

November 19, 2014
The California Report / KQED Public Radio, San Francisco
Kaiser mental health clinicians authorize strike (written story)

September 18, 2014
California Psychological Association’s Progress Notes
Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over access to mental health services
(PDF, Sacramento Bee story)

September 12, 2014
Courthouse News Service
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine

September 10, 2014
Sacramento Bee
Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over access to mental health services

September 10, 2014
Santa Rosa Press Democrat / Petaluma Argus-Courier
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine over mental health services

September 10, 2014
KQED public radio (San Francisco)
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million mental health fine (audio)

September 10, 2014
NBC Bay Area
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine over allegations of mental health violations

September 10, 2014
Kaiser Health News
Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over access to mental health services

September 10, 2014
California Healthline
Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over violations of California mental health laws

September 10, 2014
San Diego Union-Tribune
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine (AP story)

September 10, 2014
KTVN (Reno, Nevada)
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million California fine (AP story)

September 10, 2014
KSRO radio (Santa Rosa)
Kaiser pays $4 million fine

September 10, 2014
Daily Journal (Indiana)
Kaiser Permanente agrees to pay $4 million California fine over mental health services (AP story)

September 10, 2014
KMPH TV (Fresno)
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million California fine (AP story)

September 10, 2014
East Bay Express (Oakland)
Kaiser pays $4 million for mental healthcare violations

September 10, 2014
Vallejo Times-Herald
Kaiser drops challenge, agrees to pay $4 million fine

September 10, 2014
MedCity News
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine for insufficient mental health services

September 10, 2014
Becker’s Healthcare / Becker’s Hospital Reviw
Kaiser Permanente agrees to pay $4 million fine for violating mental health laws

September 10, 2014
InsuranceNewsNet.com (Sacramento Bee story)
Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over access to mental health services

September 9, 2014
KQED public radio (blog)
Kaiser agrees to pay $4 million fine over mental health car

September 9, 2014
KCBS news radio
Kaiser drops appeal, will pay $4 million fine over mental health coverage

September 9, 2014
SF Weekly
Kaiser drops appeal of $4 million health fine

September 9, 2014
San Francisco Business Journal
Kaiser drops appeal of $4 million mental health fine, announces improvements

September 9, 2014
NUHW press release
Kaiser Permanente admits guilt — HMO denied patients access to mental health services

September 4, 2014
San Francisco Examiner (op-ed)
Kaiser must be held accountable for its mental health failures

August 13, 2014
East Bay Express (Oakland, Calif.)
Deadly Delays: Kaiser’s Flawed Model for Care (Part 1 of 2)

July 21, 2014
The California Report (KQED)
Kaiser Therapists, Patients Allege Long Waits for Mental Health Care

July 17, 2014
The California Report (KQED)
Therapists, Patients Criticize Kaiser Over Long Delays for Therapy

July 13, 2014
The National Psychologist
Union seeks federal investigation of Kaiser Permanente

July 1, 2014
The California Report (KQED)
Sonoma Co. Supervisor Presses Kaiser on Mental Health Services

June 28, 2014
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Shirlee Zane questions county’s Kaiser contract after mental health dispute

June 14, 2014
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Supervisor Shirlee Zane critical of Kaiser, therapist

June 14, 2014
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Kaiser’s mental health care at heart of dispute

June 13, 2014
Vallejo Times Herald
Union officials compare Kaiser Permanente’s mental health system to embattled VA

June 12, 2014
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Union seeks federal investigation of Kaiser mental health services

April 24, 2014
NBC Bay Area
Kaiser Workers Strike To Protest Cost-Cutting, Suicides

April 23, 2014
KPFA Radio
Interview with NUHW IBHS President Clem Papazian (Audio)

April 23, 2014
KPFA Radio
Oakland clinicians protest Kaiser’s  mental health care failures (Audio)

April 14, 2014
Law360
Kaiser Refused Closed Hearing On $4M Mental Health Fine

March 19, 2014
North Bay Bohemian (Metro Newspapers)
The Patient Trap – Kaiser needs to improve follow-up care for mental-health patients

2013

November 20, 2013
State investigates former healthcare regulator now working for Kaiser Permanente
FierceHealthcare

November 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Healthcare regulator’s move to Kaiser under investigation

October 28, 2013
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Kaiser Sued Over Mental Health Care (PDF)

October 25, 2013
Vallejo Times Herald
Class Action lawsuit filed against Kaiser over mental health care wait times

October 25, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
Kaiser Health Foundation sued over care of mentally ill

October 6, 2013
Becker’s Hospital Review
California Insurance Exchange Sued for Including Kaiser Permanente

October 5, 2013
Law360
Calif. Exchange Sued Over Kaiser Inclusion Amid $4M Fine

October 5, 2013
Sacramento Bee
Union seeks to block Kaiser from health benefit exchange

August 9, 2013
California Healthline
Kaiser To Pay $9M To Settle Lawsuit Over Autism Therapy

August 8, 2013
Sacramento Business Journal,
Kaiser to pay $9M to settle autism therapy suit

June 26, 2013
Sacramento Bee
Kaiser mental health care lacking, state says; HMO hit with $4 million fine

June 25, 2013
Capital Public Radio
State Says Kaiser Too Slow With Mental Health Care

June 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times
California Fines Kaiser $4 million over access to mental health care

June 25, 2013
Sacramento Business Journal
Kaiser Permanente fined for poor access to mental health care

April 3, 2013
Medscape
Large HMO Cited in Mental Health Care Cover-up (PDF)

March 24, 2013
PsychCentral
Kaiser Permanente’s Sad Mental Health Care in California

March 21, 2013
Huffington Post
Kaiser Mental Health Care Report: California Regulators Slam Hospital Giant For ‘Serious’ Deficiencies

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
Report: Kaiser wrongly denied mental health care

March 20, 2013
KPBS
California Regulators Cite Kaiser Permanente for Mental Health Lapses

March 20, 2013
Sacramento Bee
California investigation says Kaiser wrongly denied mental health care (PDF)

March 20, 2013
Sacramento Business Journal
State faults Kaiser for poor access to mental health care

March 20, 2013
The California Report
Report: Kaiser Patients Wait Too Long for Mental Health Care

March 20, 2013
Vacaville Reporter
State criticizes Kaiser Permanente’s mental health care

March 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser mental health service reprimanded

March 19, 2013
Orange County Register
State regulators blame Kaiser for long waits, misinformation

2011

November 30, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Union faults Kaiser Permanente health care

November 29, 2011
Sacramento Business Journal
Union says Kaiser breaks mental-health rules

November 29, 2011
KQED Radio
Union Pushes for investigation of Kaiser” (Audio)

November 14, 2011
Huffington Post
Kaiser Permanente Makes Billions In Profits While Overburdening Staff: Report

November 13, 2011
USA Today
Study: Calif. mental patient force to wait past limit

2009

February 12, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Parents of autistic children sue Kaiser

February 11, 2013
KGO-TV
Bay Area parents file autism suit

February 11, 2013
Oakland Tribune
Lawsuit claims Kaiser refuses to treat autistic children

February 11, 2013
KTVU
Parents Of Autistic Children Allege Discrimination In Kaiser Lawsuit

2008

November 6, 2008
KGO-TV
Woman fights Kaiser on autism policy