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Inconvenient and obtrusive group therapy

Published Monday, November 26, 2018

My adolescent daughter needed weekly psychotherapy, but we could only get an appointment every eight weeks, and had to phone in the very day that the appointment schedule opened to get it. We took her to a private-pay weekly therapist in our town, where she is improving and getting the intensity of contact that her condition requires, but at $130 per session. Another adolescent Kaiser mental health patient in our town stabbed two innocent senior citizens to death in their home. Why wasn’t this deranged teen in inpatient treatment? Kaiser’s reliance on herding mentally ill patients into inconvenient and intrusive group therapy with inadequate availability of private appointments is medical negligence on a large scale. They need to be held accountable and provide an accepted standard of care for mental illness, or pay for their patients to augment care providers in local private practices.