NPR: Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

Kaiser-Workers-Strike-638x461NPR’s All Things Considered covered last week’s strike by mental health clinicians and other workers at Kaiser facilities throughout California. NPR’s April Dembosky reports that Kaiser has shifted resources to provide initial mental health appointments at the expense of follow-up appointments. A Kaiser member may have to wait several weeks for a follow-up therapy appointment after their initial assessment. Not only that, but patients who need individual one-on-one therapy are told that that group therapy–or classes–is all that’s available. The main culprit? A severe shortage of staff. If Kaiser hired more therapists, psychiatric RNs, and psychologists, the quality of Kaiser’s mental health services would improve dramatically. To listen to the story, go here: All Things Considered on the Strike at Kaiser.