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Mental health workers at Kaiser strike for their patients & improved working conditions

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On this special edition of Your Call, we'll find out why Kaiser Permanente therapists, social workers, and other mental health workers are on a five-day strike across California.

Mental health workers say Kaiser doesn’t provide timely mental health care to its patients. The strike is meant to draw attention to long wait times – sometimes months at a time – for patients trying to get follow-up appointments to address depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. Workers are calling for increased hiriing, a focus on retention, and pay increases.

Guest:

Ken Rogers, psychologist at Kaiser for 15 years, shop steward, and strike organizer in Roseville, CA 

Web Resources:

Sacramento Bee: Thousands of nurses, behavioral health workers picket Kaiser statewide over patient care

USA Today: Will your therapist go on strike? 4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.