Kaiser Mental Health Alert

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September 1st, 2021

Mental health clinicians tell Kaiser they don’t have staff to provide clinically-appropriate care

Demand for behavioral health care is surging during COVID-19, and the psychologists, therapists and social workers at Kaiser Permanente are warning that their patients are being forced to wait far longer than is clinically appropriate between therapy appointments. Since November, the clinicians have been writing letters to management spelling out the challenges they face providing […]


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August 31st, 2021

NUHW Kaiser clinicians team up with leading mental health parity attorney

Kaiser mental health clinicians have a new ally in their fight to improve access to care and working conditions. Meiram Bendat, the nation’s leading attorney specializing in mental health parity law, has been retained by NUHW.  Bendat held an initial meeting this month with Kaiser Permanente clinicians and our research team to help us document […]


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August 31st, 2021

Patients can easily get prescriptions, but not therapy

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 Southern California who can easily get medications from Kaiser, but not the therapy she needs. I’ve been a Kaiser member 2018 and it has […]


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August 26th, 2021

A two-month wait for 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 San Rafael who has to go two months between therapy appointments. I waited eight weeks between psychiatrist visits. All she did was give me […]


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August 24th, 2021

Grieving patients wait months for 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 grieving patient in Vacaville who has to wait months for therapy. My husband, my sister, and my son died within three months of each other, but […]