September 20th, 2021

Kaiser clinicians in San Diego sounded alarm about patient access

Before NBC7 in San Diego profiled Emily Pacillo’s struggle to access mental health care from Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser clinicians were raising alarm bells to managers that went unheeded. In June they alerted management that patients were waiting on average six weeks between therapy appointments and then even if they put patients on a waitlist for […]

July 28th, 2021

Mental health parity bill advances as Kaiser bargaining gets underway

As contract negotiations began this month for NUHW members who provide mental health services at Kaiser Permanente, our bill to improve access to mental health care cleared another major hurdle in the state legislature. Following a hearing, Democrats and Republicans on the State Assembly’s Health Committee unanimously passed SB 221 by a vote of 14-0 […]

April 29th, 2020

NUHW members at Kaiser ratify contracts

More than 4,000 NUHW members at Kaiser Permanente have voted overwhelmingly to ratify new contracts that improve wages and benefits. The contracts also establish a collaborative process for making critical improvements to Kaiser’s mental health care system. Over the course of six months, Kaiser social workers, psychologists and therapists will meet with management with the […]

February 27th, 2020

Kaiser faces new probe over mental health parity violations

The statewide strike by more than 4,000 Kaiser mental health clinicians and mental health professionals last December has had a profound impact on the enforcement of mental health parity laws and is helping to spur new parity legislation. The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) opened a formal investigation this month into ongoing problems that […]

November 26th, 2019

CalPERS’ Pension and Health Benefits Committee holds hearing on Kaiser mental health system

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the California Public Employees Retirement System took an important step toward holding Kaiser Permanente accountable for providing timely, adequate mental health services and the Department of Managed Health Care accountable for making sure Kaiser complies with the state’s Mental Health Parity Act. Acting on the recommendation of State Controller Betty Yee […]