Kaiser psychiatry

Out-of-network providers

Availability last updated 10/21/2021

Availability last updated 10/21/2021

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

40 Clinton Street, #2G, Brooklyn, NY11201

"Excellent psychiatrist. Careful and attentive in his approach to patients. Knowledgeable and cautious with medications."... read more... read less

Are you depressed? Do you want to start an anti-depressant medication today? The sooner you start an anti-depressant, the sooner medication will start working for you. If I believe that it can help you, I will write a prescription for you right away Do you think Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help you? CBT has been found to be more effective and quicker with fewer sessions needed than many other forms of therapy. You can learn to help yourself with some CBT techniques on your first visit. If all you need is some CBT, my goal would be to try to complete much of the therapy in from a couple of sessions up to 10 sessions I have extensive training and experience in psychiatry and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I believe in prescribing the lowest dose of medication that can help you, trying to minimize possible side effects. Also, I know many CBT techniques and some you can use right away I majored in psychology and graduated from Harvard and completed medical school at George Washington University, my Psychiatric Residency, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at State University of New York in Brooklyn Membership in American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy which honored me by making me the Therapist of the Month in November 2008. I continue to attend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) conferences including a week in November 2019 in Atlanta. My initial fee is $450 and follow up visits are $250. No debit/credit cards.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - George Washington University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Harvard University (Bachelor's)
  • State University of New York, Brooklyn, Residency in Psychiatry
  • State University of New York, Brooklyn, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"Excellent psychiatrist. Careful and attentive in his approach to patients. Knowledgeable and cautious with medications."... read more... read less

Are you depressed? Do you want to start an anti-depressant medication today? The sooner you start an anti-depressant, the sooner medication will start working for you. If I believe that it can help you, I will write a prescription for you right away Do you think Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help you? CBT has been found to be more effective and quicker with fewer sessions needed than many other forms of therapy. You can learn to help yourself with some CBT techniques on your first visit. If all you need is some CBT, my goal would be to try to complete much of the therapy in from a couple of sessions up to 10 sessions I have extensive training and experience in psychiatry and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I believe in prescribing the lowest dose of medication that can help you, trying to minimize possible side effects. Also, I know many CBT techniques and some you can use right away I majored in psychology and graduated from Harvard and completed medical school at George Washington University, my Psychiatric Residency, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at State University of New York in Brooklyn Membership in American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy which honored me by making me the Therapist of the Month in November 2008. I continue to attend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) conferences including a week in November 2019 in Atlanta. My initial fee is $450 and follow up visits are $250. No debit/credit cards.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - George Washington University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Harvard University (Bachelor's)
  • State University of New York, Brooklyn, Residency in Psychiatry
  • State University of New York, Brooklyn, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

"Wonderful and experienced psychiatrist. Cost is high as she doesn't take insurance but she's worth the visit."... read more... read less

She also offers a free phone consultation up to 15 min, before the initial visit*** Zorica Filipovic-Jewell, MD is a qualified and considerate psychiatrist practicing in the Midtown Manhattan. After obtaining her medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Dr. Filipovic-Jewell completed residency in Psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center and then fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she currently works as an attending psychiatrist. She was also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New York at NYU. At Mount Sinai, Dr. Filipovic-Jewell works as an Assistant clinical Professor- treating psychiatric patients who are medically ill and she is teaching medical students, residents and fellows at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is dually certified in both General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell runs her own practice in Midtown Manhattan and is deeply committed to the well-being of her patients. She takes thorough and compassionate approach to consultations with her patients to ensure that they receive the highest quality of care. She combines both psychotherapy and medication management in her practice. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell applies her skills and experience to create unique treatment approach to accommodate individual needs and concerns of each patient individually.

Practice

  • Zorica Filipovic-Jewell, MD

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychosomatic Medicine (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Maimonides Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Fellowship in Psychoanalysis

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychosomatic Society

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"Wonderful and experienced psychiatrist. Cost is high as she doesn't take insurance but she's worth the visit."... read more... read less

She also offers a free phone consultation up to 15 min, before the initial visit*** Zorica Filipovic-Jewell, MD is a qualified and considerate psychiatrist practicing in the Midtown Manhattan. After obtaining her medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Dr. Filipovic-Jewell completed residency in Psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center and then fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she currently works as an attending psychiatrist. She was also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New York at NYU. At Mount Sinai, Dr. Filipovic-Jewell works as an Assistant clinical Professor- treating psychiatric patients who are medically ill and she is teaching medical students, residents and fellows at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is dually certified in both General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell runs her own practice in Midtown Manhattan and is deeply committed to the well-being of her patients. She takes thorough and compassionate approach to consultations with her patients to ensure that they receive the highest quality of care. She combines both psychotherapy and medication management in her practice. Dr. Filipovic-Jewell applies her skills and experience to create unique treatment approach to accommodate individual needs and concerns of each patient individually.

Practice

  • Zorica Filipovic-Jewell, MD

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychosomatic Medicine (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Maimonides Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Fellowship in Psychoanalysis

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychosomatic Society

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

"Dr lama is a very pleasant person, this was my first Time seeing a psychologist and I felt so comfortable with her. She helped me so much how to deal with my anxiety."... read more... read less

Dr. Lama Bazzi is a board certified, fully licensed psychiatrist practicing in New York City. She is trained in both medication management and psychotherapy and has experience treating a wide range of psychiatric issues. These include but are not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and addictions as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She believes that every individual is unique and tailors treatment plans to meet each person’s specific needs so her patients can thrive and meet their full potential. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Bazzi serves as an expert witness in several courts in New York City, as well as in federal and national cases. She pursued her certification as a Medical Review Officer, gaining recognition as an expert in mental illness, legal matters, and the mitigation of penalties in defendants with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She has presented at several national conferences, has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Addition Psychiatry as a leading expert a variety of psychiatric, psychological and emotional issues.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Case Western Reserve University, Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"Dr lama is a very pleasant person, this was my first Time seeing a psychologist and I felt so comfortable with her. She helped me so much how to deal with my anxiety."... read more... read less

Dr. Lama Bazzi is a board certified, fully licensed psychiatrist practicing in New York City. She is trained in both medication management and psychotherapy and has experience treating a wide range of psychiatric issues. These include but are not limited to ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and addictions as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She believes that every individual is unique and tailors treatment plans to meet each person’s specific needs so her patients can thrive and meet their full potential. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Bazzi serves as an expert witness in several courts in New York City, as well as in federal and national cases. She pursued her certification as a Medical Review Officer, gaining recognition as an expert in mental illness, legal matters, and the mitigation of penalties in defendants with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She has presented at several national conferences, has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Addition Psychiatry as a leading expert a variety of psychiatric, psychological and emotional issues.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine
  • State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Case Western Reserve University, Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

580 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY10012

"Great at listening and providing suggestions, helpful and sincere."... read more... read less

Dr. Susan Fiester is a psychiatrist. She runs her practice in New York, NY, and Bethesda, MD. Dr. Fiester completed her medical degree at Yale University, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry. Dr. Fiester sees patients for various concerns such as bipolar disorder, dyslexia, irrational fears, sexual dysfunctions, and personality disorders. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Fiester is also associated with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Fiester’s experience speaks volumes about her skills. Her medical knowledge and dedication as a doctor contribute to her popularity with patients and members of her medical team.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Yale University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Yale University, Residency in Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American College of Psychiatrists
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"Great at listening and providing suggestions, helpful and sincere."... read more... read less

Dr. Susan Fiester is a psychiatrist. She runs her practice in New York, NY, and Bethesda, MD. Dr. Fiester completed her medical degree at Yale University, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry. Dr. Fiester sees patients for various concerns such as bipolar disorder, dyslexia, irrational fears, sexual dysfunctions, and personality disorders. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Fiester is also associated with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Fiester’s experience speaks volumes about her skills. Her medical knowledge and dedication as a doctor contribute to her popularity with patients and members of her medical team.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Yale University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Yale University, Residency in Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American College of Psychiatrists
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

"She was warm and cordial and my daughter felt comfortable with her."... read more... read less

I am an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist working exclusively through individual psychotherapy. I see all of my patients on at least a weekly basis. Although I do sometimes prescribe medication, the management of medication is not my primary focus. I believe in psychotherapy because it is more effective than medication for most concerns, and because it can be a powerful, relationship-based experience that works to close past wounds. As a therapist, I try to always be open and compassionate as I listen and intervene. Rather than focusing on particular symptoms or disorders per se, I try to understand people as a result of their environment and development, in addition to inborn traits and temperament. I obtained my undergraduate degree at Stanford University, my medical degree at UC Davis, and my psychiatry training at UCSF and NYU/Bellevue Hospital. During my training, I specialized in women's mental health and early childhood trauma. I also completed two years of advanced psychotherapy studies at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and am pursuing ongoing psychoanalytic study in New York.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Bellevue Hospital Center, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Therapy
... read more... read less

"She was warm and cordial and my daughter felt comfortable with her."... read more... read less

I am an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist working exclusively through individual psychotherapy. I see all of my patients on at least a weekly basis. Although I do sometimes prescribe medication, the management of medication is not my primary focus. I believe in psychotherapy because it is more effective than medication for most concerns, and because it can be a powerful, relationship-based experience that works to close past wounds. As a therapist, I try to always be open and compassionate as I listen and intervene. Rather than focusing on particular symptoms or disorders per se, I try to understand people as a result of their environment and development, in addition to inborn traits and temperament. I obtained my undergraduate degree at Stanford University, my medical degree at UC Davis, and my psychiatry training at UCSF and NYU/Bellevue Hospital. During my training, I specialized in women's mental health and early childhood trauma. I also completed two years of advanced psychotherapy studies at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and am pursuing ongoing psychoanalytic study in New York.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Bellevue Hospital Center, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Therapy
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

85 East End Ave, Ste 1A, New York, NY10028

"She was warm and cordial and my daughter felt comfortable with her."... read more... read less

I am an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist working exclusively through individual psychotherapy. I see all of my patients on at least a weekly basis. Although I do sometimes prescribe medication, the management of medication is not my primary focus. I believe in psychotherapy because it is more effective than medication for most concerns, and because it can be a powerful, relationship-based experience that works to close past wounds. As a therapist, I try to always be open and compassionate as I listen and intervene. Rather than focusing on particular symptoms or disorders per se, I try to understand people as a result of their environment and development, in addition to inborn traits and temperament. I obtained my undergraduate degree at Stanford University, my medical degree at UC Davis, and my psychiatry training at UCSF and NYU/Bellevue Hospital. During my training, I specialized in women's mental health and early childhood trauma. I also completed two years of advanced psychotherapy studies at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and am pursuing ongoing psychoanalytic study in New York.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Bellevue Hospital Center, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Therapy
... read more... read less

"She was warm and cordial and my daughter felt comfortable with her."... read more... read less

I am an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist working exclusively through individual psychotherapy. I see all of my patients on at least a weekly basis. Although I do sometimes prescribe medication, the management of medication is not my primary focus. I believe in psychotherapy because it is more effective than medication for most concerns, and because it can be a powerful, relationship-based experience that works to close past wounds. As a therapist, I try to always be open and compassionate as I listen and intervene. Rather than focusing on particular symptoms or disorders per se, I try to understand people as a result of their environment and development, in addition to inborn traits and temperament. I obtained my undergraduate degree at Stanford University, my medical degree at UC Davis, and my psychiatry training at UCSF and NYU/Bellevue Hospital. During my training, I specialized in women's mental health and early childhood trauma. I also completed two years of advanced psychotherapy studies at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and am pursuing ongoing psychoanalytic study in New York.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of California, Davis, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident in Psychiatry
  • New York University, Bellevue Hospital Center, Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Therapy
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

"Smart intelligent little confusion"... read more... read less

Recently awarded Top Psychiatrist in New York for 2013-2014 by the Leading Physicians of the world, Dr. Richard Brent has over 29 years of experience in having excellent results while working with patients who have had some of the most challenging of problems. While past results obviously cannot be assurances, Dr. Brent is adept at customizing and optimizing his approach for the specific needs of the individual. This is brought about by his applying the same level of education and expertise that he brings to the prescribing of medication to choosing and personally providing the most effective form of psychotherapy for the problem and for the patient. Because of the critical importance of providing the best possible psychotherapy, Dr. Brent has made this an area of special interest and study. He has had many years of specialized training and experience in this area. Dr. Brent has developed a high level of expertise in the area of psychotherapy which is reflected in his clinical work. Dr. Brent currently teaches and supervises psychotherapy in several academic institutions. He holds the title of Assistant Clinical Professor at Weil Cornell, The New York Presbyterian Hospital and he is currently the director of supervision and student progression at The Psychotherapy Program of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Brent is also Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and has published several articles in the field. Dr. Brent’s expertise is quite diverse, whether the problem is related to stress reduction, couple or marital problems, LGBT issues, self-esteem problems or more serious problems like alcohol and drug abuse, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, he gives the same care and attention to every individual he works with.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Boston University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital (Internship)
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Psychiatry
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (Bachelor’s)

Professional memberships

  • New York County Medical Society
  • American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"Smart intelligent little confusion"... read more... read less

Recently awarded Top Psychiatrist in New York for 2013-2014 by the Leading Physicians of the world, Dr. Richard Brent has over 29 years of experience in having excellent results while working with patients who have had some of the most challenging of problems. While past results obviously cannot be assurances, Dr. Brent is adept at customizing and optimizing his approach for the specific needs of the individual. This is brought about by his applying the same level of education and expertise that he brings to the prescribing of medication to choosing and personally providing the most effective form of psychotherapy for the problem and for the patient. Because of the critical importance of providing the best possible psychotherapy, Dr. Brent has made this an area of special interest and study. He has had many years of specialized training and experience in this area. Dr. Brent has developed a high level of expertise in the area of psychotherapy which is reflected in his clinical work. Dr. Brent currently teaches and supervises psychotherapy in several academic institutions. He holds the title of Assistant Clinical Professor at Weil Cornell, The New York Presbyterian Hospital and he is currently the director of supervision and student progression at The Psychotherapy Program of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Brent is also Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and has published several articles in the field. Dr. Brent’s expertise is quite diverse, whether the problem is related to stress reduction, couple or marital problems, LGBT issues, self-esteem problems or more serious problems like alcohol and drug abuse, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, he gives the same care and attention to every individual he works with.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Boston University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital (Internship)
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Psychiatry
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (Bachelor’s)

Professional memberships

  • New York County Medical Society
  • American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

"Dr. Lauter continues to show compassion, acute intelligence and insight and deep humanity for a very complicated patient."... read more... read less

Dr. Jonathan Lauter is American Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology). Dr. Lauter received his degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Lauter can see patients (both children and adults) for a wide variety of reasons included but not limited to: Psychiatric Consultation Medical Marijuana Prescriber Ketamine Infusions Anxiety Depression Bipolar Disorder Sleep Disorder Schizophrenia Dr. Lauter keeps up on innovative psychiatric interventions that include Ketamine infusions, gene assays, EEG bio-markers and computerized neuro-cognitive assessments. Dr. Lauter looks forward to providing the best care possible for all of his patients!

Practice

  • Innovative Mental Health Care

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Residency in General Psychiatry
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Child Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
... read more... read less

"Dr. Lauter continues to show compassion, acute intelligence and insight and deep humanity for a very complicated patient."... read more... read less

Dr. Jonathan Lauter is American Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology). Dr. Lauter received his degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Lauter can see patients (both children and adults) for a wide variety of reasons included but not limited to: Psychiatric Consultation Medical Marijuana Prescriber Ketamine Infusions Anxiety Depression Bipolar Disorder Sleep Disorder Schizophrenia Dr. Lauter keeps up on innovative psychiatric interventions that include Ketamine infusions, gene assays, EEG bio-markers and computerized neuro-cognitive assessments. Dr. Lauter looks forward to providing the best care possible for all of his patients!

Practice

  • Innovative Mental Health Care

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Residency in General Psychiatry
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Child Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
... read more... read less

Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

Columbus Circle

200 West 57th St, Suite 304, New York, NY10019

"Doctor Cohen is a compassionate and caring psychiatrist."... read more... read less

Ziv E. Cohen, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist on the faculty of Cornell and Columbia Universities, and is on staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Cohen's private practice near Columbus Circle offers comprehensive, cutting edge treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, Dr. Cohen offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a non-invasive, medication free alternative treatment for depression. He also offers Ketamine, a cutting edge psycho-pharmacological approach to treating depression. Dr. Cohen has served as a hospital psychiatrist and in the emergency room. He has has extensive experience treating a range of areas such as attentional problems, trauma, substance use/addiction, relationship problems, and career goals. Dr. Cohen is a skilled psychotherapist and psycho-pharmacologist. Dr. Cohen has served as a military psychiatrist, treating soldiers and officers facing trauma and stress. He brings his military experience to helping individuals facing trauma and stress in a wide range of areas. He has served as a hospital psychiatrist and in the emergency room. Dr. Cohen treats addictions, and is authorized to prescribe suboxone (buprenorphine) for opioid dependence. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and sees patients thirteen and older.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center (Residency)
  • Columbia University (Fellowship)

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York Society for Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
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"Doctor Cohen is a compassionate and caring psychiatrist."... read more... read less

Ziv E. Cohen, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist on the faculty of Cornell and Columbia Universities, and is on staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Cohen's private practice near Columbus Circle offers comprehensive, cutting edge treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, Dr. Cohen offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a non-invasive, medication free alternative treatment for depression. He also offers Ketamine, a cutting edge psycho-pharmacological approach to treating depression. Dr. Cohen has served as a hospital psychiatrist and in the emergency room. He has has extensive experience treating a range of areas such as attentional problems, trauma, substance use/addiction, relationship problems, and career goals. Dr. Cohen is a skilled psychotherapist and psycho-pharmacologist. Dr. Cohen has served as a military psychiatrist, treating soldiers and officers facing trauma and stress. He brings his military experience to helping individuals facing trauma and stress in a wide range of areas. He has served as a hospital psychiatrist and in the emergency room. Dr. Cohen treats addictions, and is authorized to prescribe suboxone (buprenorphine) for opioid dependence. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and sees patients thirteen and older.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center (Residency)
  • Columbia University (Fellowship)

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York Society for Adolescent Psychiatry

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
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Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

15 West 70th Street, New York, NY10023

Dr. Friedman's practice prides itself on providing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach to mental wellness. Dr. Gavin Friedman is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He completed residency training in Psychiatry at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Thereafter he obtained a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy Intake / Initial Visit
  • Sleep Problems
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Dr. Friedman's practice prides itself on providing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social approach to mental wellness. Dr. Gavin Friedman is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He completed residency training in Psychiatry at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Thereafter he obtained a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy Intake / Initial Visit
  • Sleep Problems
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Out-of-network

Psychiatrist

2511 Avenue I, Brooklyn, NY11210

"The office environment is warm and friendly and the wait time was short. There is no secretary so I was greeted by the doctor and shown to the waiting room. Dr. Olanoff is friendly and has a warm and approachable manner. I felt comfortable sharing with him and I appreciated some of his common-sense insights, and it was helpful to hear the perspective of someone who does both ongoing psychotherapy and medicine/prescription consultations. I liked that he is experienced however I wasn't sure if our values/lifestyles differ too much for me to not ever feel judged. I also found him costly and in the end I found a therapist who is not an MD/Doctor and that is sufficient for me."... read more... read less

Dr. Olanoff is a board certified psychiatrist who integrates psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, marital, family, and spiritual factors in his treatment approach. He has practiced for more than 40 years and uses a wide variety of techniques tailored to the needs of the patient. He is an eclectic, holistic practitioner familiar with alternative medicine, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Pain Management, Mental Disorders. Dr Olanoff is also a Sabbath observer.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Boston University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry and Family Therapy

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
... read more... read less

"The office environment is warm and friendly and the wait time was short. There is no secretary so I was greeted by the doctor and shown to the waiting room. Dr. Olanoff is friendly and has a warm and approachable manner. I felt comfortable sharing with him and I appreciated some of his common-sense insights, and it was helpful to hear the perspective of someone who does both ongoing psychotherapy and medicine/prescription consultations. I liked that he is experienced however I wasn't sure if our values/lifestyles differ too much for me to not ever feel judged. I also found him costly and in the end I found a therapist who is not an MD/Doctor and that is sufficient for me."... read more... read less

Dr. Olanoff is a board certified psychiatrist who integrates psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, marital, family, and spiritual factors in his treatment approach. He has practiced for more than 40 years and uses a wide variety of techniques tailored to the needs of the patient. He is an eclectic, holistic practitioner familiar with alternative medicine, ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Pain Management, Mental Disorders. Dr Olanoff is also a Sabbath observer.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education

  • Medical School - Boston University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Montefiore Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry and Family Therapy

Common visit reasons

  • Depression
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Problems
  • Weight Loss Consultation
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Sours: https://www.zocdoc.com/psychiatrists/new-york-46063pm/kaiser-permanente-385m

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Kaiser Permanente enrollees have full and equal access to covered services, including enrollees with disabilities as required under the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Kaiser Permanente uses the same quality, member experience, or cost-related measures to select practitioners and facilities in Marketplace Silver-tier plans as it does for all other Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) products and lines of business.The measures may include, but are not limited to, HEDIS/CAHPS performance, member/patient complaints, patient safety scores, hospital quality measures, and geographic need. Members enrolled in KFHP Marketplace plans have access to all professional, institutional and ancillary health care providers who participate in KFHP plans’ contracted provider network, in accordance with the terms of members’ KFHP plan of coverage. All Kaiser Permanente Medical Group physicians and network physicians are subject to the same quality review processes and certifications.

Kaiser Permanente uses the same geographic distribution consideration to select hospitals in Marketplace plans as it does for all other Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) products and lines of business. Accessibility of medical offices and medical centers in this directory: All Kaiser Permanente facilities are accessible to members.

Sours: https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/southern-california/facilities/health-education-and-psychiatry-offices-100111
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Caring for the whole you

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Mental health and wellness services
Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected. And your thoughts, feelings, and actions affect your overall well-being. We’re committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal mental, physical, and emotional health. Take a look at this video to learn more.

Getting care

You don‘t need a referral to see a therapist

You can make an appointment to see a therapist without a referral from your personal doctor. And if you ever want to change your provider, our care team will assist you in finding the best fit for your needs.

Schedule a video visit*

Routine appointments take place during regular office hours. You need to be located in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, during a visit and must have a camera-equipped computer or mobile device. Once you have been evaluated, you may book a video visit with your mental health provider.

Get care by phone 24/7

Simply call our Member Service Contact Center at 1-800-777-7904 or TTY 711, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closed holidays). We can help you access crisis intervention and guidance, get referrals, and connect to many other resources.

Call or email your doctor‘s office

Or request a nonurgent appointment with your doctor online. You may also set up a telephone appointment or meet face-to-face by video on your computer or mobile device.*

For emergency care

If you think you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.**

Your resources

Speak with a wellness coach

Work with a personal wellness coach by phone, and explore options for meeting your health goals. Call 1-866-862-4295.

Take a class

Choose from health classes and support groups at many of our facilities. Visit kp.org/classes to see what’s available in your area.  Some classes may require a fee.

Caring providers

Our mental health team is passionate about helping people. They include:

  • Adult psychiatrists
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Addiction medicine physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Psychiatric clinical nurses
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Health educators

Primary care settings

You have a range of therapy and treatment choices. As your partners in care, we’ll help you select the options that are right for you. Typical services include:

  • Self-care resources
  • Health education programs
  • Co-location of services
  • Medication management
  • Depression screening

Outpatient services

Not all care requires a stay in a facility.  We’ll work with you to choose the options that best meet your needs. Typical services include:

  • Clinical evaluation
  • Crisis intervention (24/7 access)
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Mental health and wellness classes
  • Case management
  • Outpatient detox
  • Psychopharmacological treatment
  • Dual-diagnosis programs
  • Electroconvulsive treatment
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Intensive outpatient programs

Sometimes, care can be both intensive and provided on an outpatient basis at our medical center locations. Typical services include:

  • Intensive outpatient programs for adults
  • Intensive outpatient programs for adolescents
  • Chemical dependency intensive outpatient programs
  • Intensive case management

Inpatient services

When inpatient care is needed, we’ll help find the facility and program that’s right for you. Typical services** include:

  • Crisis evaluation and management
  • Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • Inpatient detoxification
  • Crisis residential/ hospital alternative treatment programs
  • In Washington, D.C., parts of Maryland, and northern Virginia: Permanente psychiatrists make rounds in premier hospitals

Suicide prevention

Our mental health providers and even our primary care physicians are trained to screen patients for suicide risk. Because we coordinate care so closely among our providers, we can identify those at risk quickly and get them the care they need right away.

Beyond therapy, medication, and treatment

You can take advantage of classes and screening tools to help you keep your mind, body, and spirit in a healthy balance.

  • Condition-specific online classes (note some may require a fee)
  • Online self-assessment tools
  • Digital therapeutic and wellness tools
  • Personalized mental health and wellness plans
  • Support groups
  • Trusted online communities
  • Emotional wellness podcasts

*Video visits are available to Kaiser Permanente members who have a camera-equipped computer or mobile device and are registered at kp.org. You must be present in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, for visits with your primary care physician or mental health provider. For urgent video visits with an emergency doctor, you may also be present in West Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, or Pennsylvania. For certain medical or mental health conditions. For video visits with a mental health provider, appointments can be scheduled for follow up care.
**Offered through our premier hospital partners. Kaiser Permanente premier hospitals are independently owned and operated hospitals and are not affiliated entities of Kaiser Permanente.
The availability of care and services may be changed at any time.

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Sours: https://my.kp.org/maryland/mental-health/

Our mission is to support the growth of future leaders in Psychiatry who have a passion for patient-centered care, innovation, and clinical excellence, and who understand the value of personal and professional wellness in helping others thrive. We aim to reduce the stigma toward mental healthcare through our words, actions, and attitudes as we serve our surrounding community with kindness and compassion.

The Psychiatry Residency program is located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Our four year residency program offers an outstanding academic medical education within a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.

The Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, with a brand new state-of-the art building just open in 2013, is a multi-specialty teaching hospital located in Fontana, California. The 400 bed medical center is the tertiary referral hospital for 598,575 Kaiser Permanente members. Our program also utilizes the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center, a 224 bed satellite hospital to our main medical center. Our patient population reflects Southern California demographic and ethnic diversity – 39 percent Caucasian, 29 percent Latino, 15 percent African-American, and 14 percent Asian.

The Psychiatry Department consists of faculty with diverse training experiences, allowing residents to gain knowledge from an eclectic range of styles of practice. This is a close-knit department within a large medical center. The faculty are dedicated and committed to resident education in an environment that values open communication.

Highlights:

  • Commitment to Resident education
  • Broad training experience with exposure to a diverse patient population with respect to cultural and socioeconomic factors, in addition to exposure to a vast range of psychiatric illnesses
  • Subspecialty exposure with outpatient clinics designated to a variety of areas (e.g.- pain management, eating disorders, Woman’s Mental Health)
  • Teaching opportunities for Residents to work with medical students
  • Outstanding fellowship or job placement upon graduation within and outside of Kaiser Permanente
  • Center for Medical Education with Resident lounge, multiple large conference rooms and library with computer access workstations
  • Faculty also hold academic appointments at Loma Linda University and USC

Here you will learn to practice cost-effective, evidence-based, patient centered, and population based medical care. Many graduates will choose to stay with Kaiser Permanente (KP) throughout our various locations within California. Fifty percent of southern California Kaiser Permanente graduates have entered competitive subspecialty fellowships. Kaiser Permanente senior residents have been very marketable and highly recruited upon graduation by universities, private practices, and Kaiser Permanente.

Practice Settings-Graduating Residents (PDF)

Sours: https://residency-scal-kaiserpermanente.org/residency/psychiatry/

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In 2018, shortly after the settlement, Kaiser established a Connect2Care (C2C) call center to address regulatory concerns regarding initial appointment access times in the Northern California region. There are currently two centers servicing the state, located in Livermore and San Leandro, that house licensed behavioral health providers who are responsible for intaking, assessing, and coordinating follow-up care for patients during 30- to 60-minute phone calls.

Some therapists interviewed for this story allege the C2C centers were established for Kaiser mostly to placate regulators by obtaining and reporting improved data for initial appointment access—the main deficiency noted by the DMHC in three consecutive reports.

Although such over-the-phone intakes are conducted by a licensed behavioral health care provider, the APA described them as “short-cut assessments that are inconsistent with professionally recognized standards of care for mental health evaluations.”

Dr. Michael Torres, a Kaiser child and adolescent psychologist in Alameda, said that for his young patients, the C2C centers are particularly problematic.

He alleges that initial intakes intended to assess children and teen patients are often conducted without them present. Rather, the parent is interviewed about the child’s symptoms, and the third-party assessment is billed as an initial appointment for the child, according to Torres.

Torres explained that Kaiser can then report higher access to initial appointments—even though these first phone screenings do not meet recognized practice standards, and do not include the child or adolescent.

“They’re using that initial call center phone screening in place of an actual first-time clinic appointment for the child or adolescent,” Torres said. “That’s how Kaiser manipulates the initial access numbers.”

Alan Nessman, senior special counsel for the APA’s Office of Legal and State Advocacy, likened the alleged data manipulation at Kaiser to the educational concept of teaching to the test.

“If you can manipulate your data in a way that matches the regulatory requirements, at least on paper,” Nessman said, “then that becomes a reason why the DMHC hasn’t found a violation.”

Ilana Marcucci-Morris, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and intake assessment coordinator at one of Kaiser’s C2C centers, explained that call center clinicians attempt to assess a patient’s needs, but do not offer therapy.

“We’re conducting a structured interview to determine what type of treatment is needed,” Marcucci-Morris said. “It’s not a therapy session.”

Once patients complete the initial intake assessment with a C2C representative, they are processed into an utterly overwhelmed system in which therapy appointments may not be available for four to six weeks.

Kaiser has contracted external providers and hired more therapists to try to offset the demand for therapy—but even so, Kaiser’s in-house therapists say the efforts have fallen short and they remain inundated by the amount of need.

Paul Wager, an LMFT at Kaiser in Anaheim, said that although the external network helps relieve some pressure, it isn’t nearly enough to allow him to see his patients on a regular basis.

“We’re only allowed to refer people to the outside network who are relatively stable, and those tend to be the people who don’t need the weekly therapy as much as people that are in a more acute condition or have chronic conditions,” Wager said.

Thus, some patients with both severe and moderate symptoms of mental illness are left without timely access to consistent therapy—and therapists are left frustrated by their inability to help these clients.

“It’s tough on the patient, but it’s very tough on the clinicians, too,” said Wager. “We want to help folks heal, and when you’re not able to get folks back in a timely manner, that whole process gets super elongated.”

Capell said that too often, Kaiser patients are left with no option but to search for care out-of-network.

“The reason they have health insurance is to provide coverage for these major conditions and ongoing chronic conditions,” Capell said. “That’s the sort of thing that can ruin a family pretty easily.”

Malynda Eastman, an LCSW employed at Kaiser for 15 years, recently opted for early retirement. Eastman said that after years of bearing witness to her patients’ suffering without the care they need—and as often as they need it—she can no longer “morally do what we’re doing.”

Eastman explained that the need for treatment shot up once the pandemic hit. She alleged she had to make patients she feared might be suicidal, as well as patients who were grieving the death of a family member to COVID-19, wait weeks on end for therapy. Despite the patients’ urgent need for treatment, Kaiser’s system made it impossible for Eastman to book them sooner than four to six weeks out, she said.

“I feel like I’m hurting them more than helping when I have to send them away,” Eastman said.

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Since the NUHW began representing Kaiser therapists in 2009, the union has mounted a pressure campaign against Kaiser Permanente to fix its access and parity problems. Its petitions triggered the 2013 DMHC investigation and subsequent $4 million penalty.

But now, both the union and the APA fear that DMHC’s tools to enforce parity may be ineffective against Kaiser.

“We’re hoping the DMHC would be the solution,” the APA’s Nessman said. “I don’t see us stopping if the DMHC gives them a stamp of approval and we’re still seeing the same level of alleged problems.”

The DMHC, in its most recent report, says that Kaiser has “undertaken appropriate efforts” to meet the terms of its settlement—but according to the NUHW, the department has been unwilling to share with the union documents supporting that assessment.

“Their loyalty should be to the public, to the taxpayers, to the consumers,” Fred Seavey, the union’s director of research, said of the DMHC. “They wrote an agreement that shields these records from the public view. It just doesn’t seem fair or appropriate.”

After a 2020 DMHC meeting in which the union presented evidence—including opinions from the APA and California Psychological Association—that the access problem is ongoing and serious, the DMHC has not responded further.

A DMHC spokesperson told Capital & Main that the department “is committed to using its full authority to ensure enrollees have access to behavioral health care when they need it, and to holding health plans accountable to the timely access standards and mental health parity,” and that the agency continues to investigate issues raised by the APA and the NUHW.

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Patients and clinicians alike are still waiting for Kaiser’s purported progress to trickle down to their day-to-day experiences.

Concern regarding access to timely mental health services isn’t specific to Kaiser patients and clinicians—it’s echoed by the experiences of the California public in general.

A 2020 California Health Care Foundation poll found that the chief health concern of Californians was “making sure people with mental health problems can get the treatment they need.”

Additionally, the poll revealed that “nearly 9 in 10 also favored enforcing rules requiring health insurance companies to provide mental health care at the same level as physical health care—at parity.”

On a national level, regulators have been attempting to enforce mental health parity since 1996—when the federal government implemented the first iteration of the Mental Health Parity Act. Shortly after, California followed suit with its own state parity laws.

The past 25 years have seen countless amendments to both federal and state parity laws—but they are still limited in scope.

The largest expansion to the statutes by far came after a 2019 ruling against United Behavioral Health (UBH). A class action lawsuit filed in Northern California on behalf of 50,000 patients who had been denied mental health treatment by UBH revealed that the insurer had imposed administrative obstacles that made it difficult for patients to access mental health treatment.

In response, California lawmakers introduced and enacted Senate Bill 855, which now requires insurers to provide medically necessary care for the full range of mental health and substance use disorders as recognized in clinical manuals, and requires that care be consistent with professionally recognized standards of care.

This year, another measure—Senate Bill 221—is under consideration in California. If passed, the law would codify the DMHC’s regulations on timely access care and require that health insurers provide non-urgent follow-up appointments with a mental health provider within 10 business days of the previous appointment.

Beth Capell noted that legislative and policy changes are not the only obstacles to achieving mental health parity.

“It’s overcoming the ancient prejudice against mental health treatment,” she said. “The prejudice that much of the physical health world has, and that persists in various forms to this day. Mental health is treated as a second class. It’s a long fight to get equality.”

For patients like the writer Greta Christina, who suffers from depression and anxiety, the promise of parity may be too little too late.

Christina said she had a therapist outside of Kaiser whom she’d seen on a weekly basis for about four years—until she was feeling stable enough to end treatment. But in 2016, symptoms of her depression had resurged and she wanted to start therapy again.

By then, her longtime therapist had joined the Kaiser system—and rather than go through the process of finding a new therapist and paying for treatment out of pocket, Christina opted to stick with her now-Kaiser therapist.

At first, the appointments ranged from every two to three weeks, but as the years at Kaiser lengthened, so too did the time between her therapy sessions.

“And now, I’m lucky if it’s every four, every five weeks, every six weeks,” Christina said. “And that’s just not enough.”

Christina claimed she had made every effort to get in touch with Kaiser’s member services and resolve the problem—but, she said, her phone calls went unreturned and emails unanswered. Eventually, the obstacles were too great for her to overcome.

“The last four years, and the last year, have been constant crisis,” Christina explained. “I can feel myself breaking. I’ve been feeling myself just taking damage that I don’t know will heal.”

Christina has considered giving up on Kaiser completely and searching for a new out-of-network therapist. But doing so is easier said than done, and now she feels caught between two bad choices: “It’s work with my therapist who knows me, but who I can’t see often enough,” Christina explained. “Or break somebody else in and go through all the upheaval and instability of that, just so I can see somebody as often as clinically necessary.

“I really resent that that’s the choice that I’m faced with,” she said.


Kristy Hutchings is an investigative reporter in Los Angeles. You can see more of her work here. 

Sours: https://www.fastcompany.com/90631941/we-have-never-seen-such-an-egregious-case-inside-kaisers-broken-mental-health-care-system

A San Diego woman claims Kaiser Permanente denied her the mental health care she was entitled to, and at least one Kaiser therapist and the American Psychological Association say her story is similar to what they are seeing with many other patients.

Emily Pacillo told NBC 7 she was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder several years ago.  She said she met regularly with a therapist, who helped her manage her mental health challenges.

Photo of San Diego resident Emily Pacillo
NBC San Diego

But when Pacillo moved from Boston to San Diego and started a new job in early 2021, she had to find a new health insurance provider. She said she signed up for coverage under Kaiser Permanente, and started trying to find a new therapist as soon as possible.

As part of the screening process, Pacillo said she was asked to complete a short questionnaire that asked about her mental state the previous two weeks. She said based on that screening, she was told she did not qualify for therapy.

Pacillo said she spoke with at least three therapists as she continued to try to get approved for treatment. She said one therapist told her she could only seek services if she entered a mental health crisis. 

“So if we are going to compare this to regular medicine, basically, I don't go into checkups until I have stage four cancer," Pacillo said. "And then what? Then I can go in? Then I can get treated? Don't you think that's a little bit too late? Isn't that a little counterintuitive? Mental health is to be preventative."

Pacillo also said one Kaiser therapist told her that it is unhealthy to rely on speaking to a therapist once a week and that friends and family are supposed to be the support system for healthy mental health.

A Kaiser Permanente spokesperson told NBC7 they can't comment on individual patients, but said the advice Pacillo "reports receiving from her therapist does not align with our philosophy and approach to providing mental health care services."

Jim Clifford, a Kaiser therapist for 20 years, called Pacillo’s situation “a perfect example of the kind of concerns” he has.

Photo of Kaiser therapist Jim Clifford
NBC San Diego

Clifford has been fighting his own company for at least a decade because of what he calls shortfalls in mental health care. He told NBC7 he not only has seen Kaiser patients struggle to get the initial care they need but also patients who have to wait too long to get follow-up care.

“The wait between appointments is often a month to two months, and it's just a very difficult way to operate,” Clifford said.

“We spend a lot of our time apologizing,” Clifford said.

Clifford said he believes Kaiser focuses more on figuring out ways to tell people they don’t need treatment or rushing them through, rather than simply fixing staffing shortages.

In June, Kaiser therapists sent a letter with their concerns, including this statement:  "As providers, it is devastating for us to acknowledge that the ethical care and accessibility needed to best serve our patients is not what we are able to provide -- far from it."

In a statement to NBC7, Kaiser said meeting its members' mental health needs is a priority, and they've hired nearly 600 therapists in California in the last five years, increasing their overall therapist base by 35%.

The statement from Kaiser also said, "We know there is still so much more for Kaiser Permanente and all providers to do before we can truly address the growing demands for mental health care. This is a national problem, one that we all need to work together to help solve."

"I would ask Kaiser and I would ask the California Department of Managed Healthcare to take this more seriously," said Dr. Jared Skillings, the Chief of Professional Practice for the American Psychological Association.

In January of 2020, Dr. Skillings sent a letter to the California Department of Managed Health Care, which oversees HMOs, calling the delays in Kaiser's mental health care services "egregious."

In a statement to NBC 7, the Department of Managed Health Care said, "the Department continues to investigate the issues raised by the APA” and "continues to hold Kaiser accountable."

The Department told NBC 7 it fined the plan $4 million in 2013 and reached a settlement agreement in 2017 that required Kaiser to make significant improvements to the plan’s oversight of behavioral health care. The department didn't detail what those improvements are.

We have a mental health tsunami in this country and it is crucial that we take that seriously. It's crucial that we provide access to care and especially severe mental illness and patients who are most at risk"

Dr. Jared Skillings, Chief of Professional Practice for the American Psychological Association

Dr. Skillings told NBC 7, with the growing need for mental health care amid the pandemic, getting mental health care right now is more important than ever.

"We have a mental health tsunami in this country and it is crucial that we take that seriously. It's crucial that we provide access to care and especially severe mental illness and patients who are most at risk," said Dr. Skillings.

After a month, Pacillo decided to sign up for another health insurer's medical plan.

“Your health insurance plan is exactly for that -- your health -- and they don't care about your health," Pacillo said.

Read the full statements from Kaiser Permanente and the California Department of Managed Health Care below.

Sours: https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/breakdown-kaiser-permanente-criticized-for-mental-health-care/2723477/

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