DEC 2018: MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS AT KAISER ON STRIKE
Mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente have gone on strike, because they, as trained and licensed mental health professionals, “want more authority to apply their professional judgment to how often they see their patients and whether individual or group therapy is indicated.” (NUHW press release Nov. 29, 2018). They are also protesting Kaiser’s financial restrictions that effectively ration care, with some patients receiving psychotherapy only once every 3-4 weeks.
See PsiAN’s letter in support of high quality mental health care where the clinician is empowered to determine the course of treatment and the treatment relationship between clinician and patient is respected as central. Please download and share.
OCT 2018: CHILD AND FAMILY DETENTION
In the face of ongoing and increasingly lengthy detentions of families — parents and children alike — coming into the US, PsiAN has signed onto a letter sent to the President outlining the psychological and emotional effects of such potentially damaging treatment.
To help disseminate, please download both letters below. The “Intro for Reps” letter introduces the Detention Letter. Please customize the “Intro for Reps” letter, and send to your congresspeople, attaching with the “Child and Family Detention Letter.”
This pamphlet, in Spanish and English, has been written for immigrant/refugee parents who have been separated from and are about to be reunited with their children. It describes what parents might expect to see in their children’s behaviors and emotions, and how they might deal with being together again. The pamphlet may also prove useful to attorneys, paralegals, clergy, those working in shelters, and others who are involved with these families.
Creating the pamphlet was a collaboration between PsiAN and members of Section II: Childhood and Adolescence and Section V: Applied Clinical Psychoanalysis of Division 39 Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, with graphic design support from Child First.
Please feel free to download and distribute to parents and interested parties.
ILLINOIS: Social-Emotional Screening of School-Aged Children
Psychotherapy Action Network’s Children’s Initiative has tasked itself with responding to a new Illinois state law requiring social emotional screening of school-age children. Although the law was passed, its implementation was not specified, and a governmental Rules Committee is working on that. PsiAN members Erika Schmidt and Karen Foley wrote the following letter to the mental health representative on the Rules committee expressing our concerns–among them the lack of resources for treatment statewide, lack of an effective referral process to the resources that do exist, possible stigmatization, and possible over-medication. PsiAN will continue to work toward establishing alliances and recommendations to address these problems.