Mental health reform legislation advances in the State Senate

POSTED ON March 26th, 2021

A bill sponsored by NUHW to require Kaiser Permanente and all health plans in California to provide timely follow-up mental health and substance use disorder appointments sailed through its first legislative committee vote on Tuesday. The State Senate’s Health Committee passed SB 221 by a vote of 9-0. The committee’s two Republicans abstained, while every […]

Kaiser workers continue advocacy for SB 855

POSTED ON July 28th, 2020

NUHW-represented Kaiser clinicians are continuing to advocate for one of the most comprehensive mental health reform bills in recent years. In July, Susan Whitney, a therapist in Bakersfield, and Fereshteh Madjlessi, psychologist in Santa Rosa, participated in a Zoom call with a legislative aide for Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, D-Los Angeles. The staffer said she would […]

“Elizabeth’s Story” video wins 3 awards for online advocacy

POSTED ON June 26th, 2020

When 4,000 Kaiser mental health clinicians and healthcare professionals went on strike throughout California in December of 2018, David and Seong Brown joined them on the picket line in San Francisco. Just months earlier, their daughter Elizebeth Brown had died by suicide, and they didn’t want other parents to face the same struggles getting care […]

Kaiser members hold firm in rejecting illegal gag order

POSTED ON June 24th, 2020

NUHW members have beaten back an attempt by Kaiser Permanente to make them surrender their rights to organize patients and speak out about the challenges their patients face getting timely mental health care. After Kaiser mental health clinicians and healthcare professionals ratified new contracts last month, Kaiser illegally refused to implement the contracts, including raises, […]

Remembering Clem Papazian, a leader in Mental Health Awareness

POSTED ON May 6th, 2020

Earlier this year, we lost an indispensable leader in our fight to achieve parity for mental health care. Clem Papazian, a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Permanente for over 30 years, was killed when a car struck his motorcycle just blocks from his Oakland home. During Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to honor […]