Kaiser Permanente was fined $4 million last year for providing inadequate mental health services; now the people who deliver those services are striking to get them upgraded.
The official Kaiser response to the strike can be read here.
Maureen Grabowski, a psychologist with Kaiser in Petaluma, is also part of the bargaining team for the National Union of Healthcare Workers. She says their protracted contract talks have moved slowly and produced little.
Clinical psychologist Mark Goldstein adds that the $4 million fine levied last fall by the state Department of Managed Health Care might have been expected to prompt improvements in access to mental health services for the HMO’s 7.3 million members. But he doesn’t see them.