May 26th, 2020

NUHW Kaiser therapists help advance SB 855

When one of the most comprehensive mental health reform bills in recent years was facing a pivotal vote in Sacramento, NUHW members rallied to help the bill move one step closer toward passage. SB 855, sponsored by Senators Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco and Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would require insurers to cover all forms of […]


April 30th, 2020

NUHW members demand that Kaiser follow public health orders

When it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19, public health experts are clear: Even essential businesses like Kaiser Permanente must “maximize the number of employees who work from home,” according to an April 10 order of LA County Health Officer Muntu Davis. But Kaiser is making many of its psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurses, health […]


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 […]