Mental Health Patients – Progressive LA

When Susan Whitney was a therapist at Kaiser Permanente, Her colleagues were absent from work in prison.

Whitney’s colleagues initially practiced mental health care in prisons in the area before joining the state’s largest health care provider. Whitney says working conditions for therapists at Kaiser were so deplorable that her colleagues wanted to return.

“They can provide better care. It’s a better work environment,” says Whitney, who retired from Kaiser in late 2021.

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Kaiser’s mental health practitioners are so overburdened with patients that wait times between appointments can be six weeks or more, according to therapists who spoke with Capital & Main. (Industry standards mean that therapists outside of Kaiser generally see patients weekly or biweekly, although cases vary.)

The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has now launchednon-routine scanningTo determine if Kaiser provides appropriate behavioral health care.

When asked about access issues, Kaiser points to a nationwide shortage of mental health care practitioners.

“The need for mental health care in America has never been greater, and at the same time so difficult to deliver,” said Kaiser representatives. said in May. “Across the United States, mental health experts report that demand for mental health services has increased by up to 30% since the beginning of the pandemic.”

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