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 […]

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 […]