Kaiser may again be violating the rights of its mental health patients. In 2013, the California Department of Managed Health Care found that Kaiser was intentionally understaffing its psychiatry department. That finding led to a $4 million fine that the health care giant was forced to pay. While that amount is miniscule to Kaiser, they may again be in violation of California law. More than 2,500 mental health workers are striking for better quality of care for their patients. The workers on strike range from therapist and psychologists to psychiatric nurses and social workers.
These professionals claim that even after the $4 million fine, Kaiser did not appropriately increase staffing. Instead, the striking workers claim that Kaiser gave rushed care to first-time patients but then made them wait up to months for their follow-up visits. This predicament ends up forcing at-risk individuals to wait weeks or months for adequate treatment. If you or a loved one experience injuries from lack of appropriate care, please call the Wade Law Group at 888-909-9430.