Hundreds of Kaiser Permanente’s mental health professionals plan to start a weeklong strike throughout California Monday to protest what they a lack of staffing they say is affecting care. Kaiser Permanente’s 2,600 psychologists, therapists and social workers will launch the walkout to demand the health care provider offer timely, quality mental health care at its psychiatry departments and clinics, said Jim Clifford, a union member and San Diego psychiatric therapist.

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