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‘Patients are getting ripped off’: California’s mental health workers go on strike

August 17, 2022 / PSU-AAUP

The Guardian

by Dani Anguiano

August 15, 2022


More than 2,000 workers demand that Kaiser Permanente expand the workforce and improve access to care for patients

Thousands of mental health workers in California are going on strike to demand that Kaiser Permanente, America’s largest non-profit HMO, better provide “desperately needed” services.

As the US grapples with an increase in anxiety and depression brought on by the pandemic, Kaiser patients are waiting months for therapy sessions, according to the union representing the workers.

Starting Monday, more than 2,000 workers, including psychologists, therapists, social workers and counselors, are expected to hold daily rallies at picket lines across the state, from Sacramento to the Bay Area to Fresno, as part of an open-ended strike.

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