Kaiser, Don't Deny
Patients need access to timely and consistent mental health services
Patients referred out to providers with no availabilityPublished Thursday, October 14, 2021
More than 1,400 Kaiser mental health patients have shared stories at kaiserdontdeny.org of care delayed or denied, and the stories keep coming in. Here’s a recent story from a therapist at Beacon, who has seen how badly the demand for mental healthcare far exceeds Kaiser’s ability to provide it.
I am a therapist who contracts with Beacon to provide mental health services to Kaiser patients. My practice has been full for about six months, and I have had to turn down dozens of people desperate for help. I always feel sympathy for people who are in need of help and cannot find it because so many contracted providers are full.