Kaiser Mental Health Alert

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August 3rd, 2021

Patients are forced to advocate for themselves

More than 1,400 Kaiser mental health patients have shared stories at kaiserdontdeny.org of care delayed or denied, and the stories keep coming in. Here’s a recent story from a patient in San Francisco who has been trying to access therapy at Kaiser for almost a year. It has been more than eleven months now since I […]


July 30th, 2021

Kaiser member forced to pay $1,500 out of pocket per month to get appropriate mental health care

Victor Gomez was happy with the care he got from Kaiser Permanente, until he sought treatment for anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder. As he told Capital & Main, Kaiser made his condition far worse by forcing him into group therapy when he needed one-on-one therapy. “The mental health care is sorely lacking,” Gomez […]


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July 29th, 2021

Patients who need regular therapy are steered toward group classes that don’t help

More than 1,400 Kaiser mental health patients have shared stories at kaiserdontdeny.org of care delayed or denied, and the stories keep coming in. Here’s a recent story from a patient in Stockton with severe depression and anxiety who couldn’t get a timely appointment for the mental health care she needed. I had an intake telephone appointment […]


July 26th, 2021

Mental Health Parity Bill advances in California Assembly

A landmark bill that would require Kaiser Permanente and all other health plans and insurers in California to offer timely follow-up appointments for mental health and substance use disorders is one step closer to becoming law. Following a hearing earlier this month, the State Assembly’s Health Committee unanimously passed SB 221 by a vote of […]


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July 23rd, 2021

Patients are leaving Kaiser to get mental health care

More than 1,400 Kaiser mental health patients have shared stories at kaiserdontdeny.org of care delayed or denied, and the stories keep coming in. Here’s a recent story from a patient in South Sacramento who had to leave Kaiser to get the mental health care she needed..  I was dealing with a severe crisis and needed […]