Kaiser Permanente to open mental health facility in Sacramento

Kaiser Permanente has signed a ten-year lease in downtown Sacramento. Kaiser will occupy the entire fifth floor of a build on G Street. The 17,000 square foot space will be used as a mental health facility.

Kaiser has been heavily criticized for its mental health services. The Department of Managed Health Care fined Kaiser $4 million in 2013 for four deficiencies in providing access to mental health services. The DMHC found that two of those deficiencies, access related problems and adequate health education information, had not been corrected in 2015.

Some patients had to wait weeks or months for appointments and follow up care. Others were referred to out-of-network mental health providers.

Kaiser has been making strides to fix these deficiencies. From 2011 to 2015, Kaiser increased its number of mental health therapists in California by 45 percent. Kaiser’s Psychiatric Health Facility in Santa Clara was named a top performer on key quality measures in 2015.

The new mental health facility is expected to open next year.

This facility is the latest in Kaiser’s recent expansion in the Sacramento area. Kaiser is renovating another building downtown for a new medical office. Kaiser also recently opened a sports medicine center and announced plans to build a new hospital by 2023 in the Sacramento Railyards.