KQED’s in-depth coverage of mental health care in California

KaiserDecember 21, 2016

KQED Radio health reporter April Dembosky produced an excellent series of stories delving into the obstacles that confront patients seeking mental health care services in California.

The State of Mind series culminated in an August 23 special edition of the California Report that compiled and updated stories Dembosky aired over the course of the year. Click here to listen to the 30-minute special. See below for links to the individual stories in the series, or click here for the State of Mind website.

KQED also, devoted its June 10 Forum program to the issue of mental health parity. Dembosky was a featured guest and spent much of the first 10 minutes of the broadcast discussing NUHW members’ long struggle to bring Kaiser Permanente’s mental health services into compliance with state and federal mental health parity laws.


KQED’s State of Mind

July 15, 2016 – “Single Mom’s Search for Therapist Foiled by Insurance Companies

June 6, 2016 – “Mental Health Study: Sorry, I’m Not Accepting New (Black or Poor) Patients”

June 1, 2016 – “Depressed Teen’s Struggle to Find Mental Health Care in Rural California”

May 31, 2016 – “San Diego Mother Mourns While Mental Health Gaps Persist”

May 24, 2016 – “How Therapy Became a Hobby of the Wealthy – Rather Than A Necessity for the Mentally Ill”

May 24, 2016 – “Frustrated You Can’t Find a Therapist? They’re Frustrated, Too”