Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Workers in California Begin Strike

About 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers in California are striking this week in what they say is an effort to shorten wait times for patients and reduce caseloads for therapists.  The psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurses and other healthcare professionals involved are members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The weeklong strike was […]

State Behavioral Health Group Bets on Development Center to Help Labor Shortage

From coast to coast, the workforce shortage is hurting behavioral health providers, leaving many stumped as to how to fix the problem, which has been affecting access to care and providers’ business operations for years. But industry leaders and advocates in Illinois have a plan: They’re hoping for the development of a unique state-wide workforce […]

Where Telehealth Fails to Address Psychiatrist Shortage, Collaborative Care Can Help

Telehealth is often lauded as the answer to a common problem plaguing many sectors within the health care industry: a shortage of qualified workers. That’s especially true in behavioral health care, where treatment doesn’t always require a physical examination. In fact, behavioral health care often dominates the telemedicine field. Take Michigan, for example: NPR reported […]

Presidential Hopeful Kamala Harris Unveils Plan for Mental Health Reform 

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has unveiled a new plan to reform mental health treatment. If passed, it could lead to new opportunities and higher reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers. The plan aims to double the number of mental health treatment beds nationwide, remove the institutions for mental disease (IMD) exclusion, increase the availability […]

Worsening Behavioral Health Workforce Shortage Poses Persistent Threat to Providers

The stigma surrounding mental health and addiction assistance isn’t what it once was when it comes to people seeking treatment. Nonetheless, obstacles remain for many who need help — and the behavioral health providers who want to assist them. One such obstacle is the continued shortage of qualified and licensed professionals in the field, which […]