Title: Kasier Rally
Location: One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland
Description: Kaiser’s mental health care system is in crisis. Clinics are understaffed. Patients are waiting two months between appointments. Psychologists, therapists and social workers are booked out weeks in advance and must work through their breaks and into evenings to squeeze in time for desperate patients.
Our friends, family members and neighbors aren’t getting the care they need, and Kaiser is refusing to take meaningful action. So Kaiser mental health clinicians are taking a stand — outside Kaiser’s Oakland headquarters.
We’re establishing an ongoing presence outside the Ordway Building, beginning Sunday, Oct. 13 with a 2 p.m. rally and the unveiling of a 60-foot long structure that will be covered with some of the hundreds of stories submitted by Kaiser patients about their struggles to receive mental health care. Over the next month, the plaza will become the nerve center for public gatherings and protests by Kaiser mental health clinicians and patients determined to achieve real parity for mental health care.
Kaiser isn’t going to fix its mental health care system on its own. It’s been fined, cited and ordered to accept outside monitoring over repeated violations of California mental health parity laws. But, despite record profits, it refuses to take the necessary steps to reduce wait times and help mental health clinicians handle their unsustainable caseload.
It’s time for action. Show your support by standing with clinicians and patients on Sunday:
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
1 Kaiser Plaza
Start Time: 14:00