Therapist: Kaiser should be “ashamed” for long wait times, lack of equity in mental health care

POSTED ON November 1st, 2021

The founder and lead clinician at Kaiser Permanente’s La Clínica, a program that serves Latinx residents in Richmond, California, criticized Kaiser for failing its mental health patients. “We have asked Kaiser again and again to invest in mental health services, and they refuse,” Dominguez said Friday, October 29 during an interview on Hecho in California, […]

Therapists blow the whistle on Kaiser Permanente

POSTED ON October 29th, 2021

NUHW-represented mental health clinicians revealed the truth about Kaiser’s broken mental health system during a first-of-its-kind hearing before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  Mission Local reported that Supervisors Dean Preston “seemed in disbelief” during the nearly-three hour hearing that Kaiser had no internal data showing how long patients were waiting for mental health therapy […]

NUHW’s mental health bill signed into law

POSTED ON October 28th, 2021

California took a giant step toward mental health parity in October when Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 221, NUHW’s legislation to reduce long waits for follow-up behavioral health care appointments.  “This is an enormous victory that will save lives and support the recoveries of countless people in need,” NUHW President Sal Rosselli said. “It never […]

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 […]