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Proposals & Initiatives

Unprecedented investments in you, your practice, increased staffing and the future of mental health care at Kaiser Permanente.

Current as of April 20, 2020

Your Practice & Staffing

Professional Development & Growing the Workforce

Therapists’ Involvement in Designing the Model of Care

A six-month collaborative workgroup of KP clinicians working together to redesign our model, delivering specific recommendations to:

  • Improve initial and return access for psychotherapy
  • Innovate in the use of evidence-based therapy and feedback informed care, including case conferencing, caseloads and treatment plans
  • Evaluate and spread best practices

Your Personal Economics: Psychologist and All Others

Across-the-Board Wage Increases
Year 1 and Year 2 effective upon ratification

Year 1    

3% increase

Year 2

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Year 3

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Performance sharing bonus

Up to $5,000

Tuition reimbursement increased to

$3,000/year

(See Professional Development for more.)

Student loan repayment program

Eligible bachelor’s or master’s participants
Up to $10,000 maximum
Eligible doctorate participant
Up to $20,000 maximum

Retiree medical Health Reimbursement Account

Increased to $2,000 per year of service

Annual dental coverage

Increased maximum to $1,500

Active medical and pension programs

No changes

Your Personal Economics: LCSW, LPCC, MFT

Across-the-Board Wage Increases & Market Competitive Wage Adjustments
Year 1 and Year 2 effective upon ratification

Year 1  

7% increase
(3% across-the-board increase + 4% market adjustment to wage scale)

Year 2

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Year 3

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Performance sharing bonus

Up to $5,000

Tuition reimbursement increased to

$3,000/year

(See Professional Development for more.)

Student loan repayment program

Eligible bachelor’s or master’s participants
Up to $10,000 maximum
Eligible doctorate participant
Up to $20,000 maximum

Retiree medical Health Reimbursement Account

Increased to $2,000 per year of service

Annual dental coverage

Increased maximum to $1,500

Active medical and pension programs

No changes

Your Personal Economics: Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services Counselor

Across-the-Board Wage Increases
Year 1 and Year 2 effective upon ratification

Year 1  

8% increase
(3% across-the-board increase + 5% market adjustment to wage scale)

Year 2

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Year 3

2.75% increase
+
.25%

lump sum payment

Performance sharing bonus

Up to $5,000

Tuition reimbursement increased to

$3,000/year

(See Professional Development for more.)

Student loan repayment program

Eligible bachelor’s or master’s participants
Up to $10,000 maximum
Eligible doctorate participant
Up to $20,000 maximum

Retiree medical Health Reimbursement Account

Increased to $2,000 per year of service

Annual dental coverage

Increased maximum to $1,500

Active medical and pension programs

No changes

Your Practice & Staffing

Immediate Relief (within 30 days of contract ratification)

Temporary staffing resources: dedicated crisis intake therapists and Psych RN triage.

A new standard of 85% booked – to – 15% indirect patient care time.

Standard adoption of Q appointment at the sole discretion of therapists.

Office practice support

  • Appointment clerks
  • Clerical resources
  • Extender roles

More recruiters and staff working to fill mental health positions

Move to 1:5 ratio for schedule management

as the rate of hiring and supplemental staffing can accommodate*

Scheduled on-call positions for emergency room staffing

More rapid expansion and refresh of mental health offices, facilities

Professional Development & Growing the Workforce

Tuition Coverage

$40 million
to advance the education of 1,000+ employees to practice in mental health professions.
 
75%
tuition coverage at partner schools for eligible employees pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical practice.
 
We work with schools to create custom programs for working employees, including evening onsite classes and weekend classes on school campuses.

Student Loan Repayment for current eligible employees (See Your Personal Economics for details.)

$16 million to support:

  • Post graduate Fellowship & Residency programs
  • Expansion of KP’s master’s practicum and post-doctorate programs
  • Grants to fund clinical research
  • Grants to expand college degree programs in mental health
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