A Plan For Racial Justice Within A Mental Health Clinic For Ethnic Minorities

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A Proposed Plan for Racial Justice Within a Mental Health Clinic for Ethnic Minorities
Leonard Pinto
Simmons School of Social Work

A Proposed Plan for Racial Justice Within a Mental Health Clinic for Ethnic Minorities
Rationale for Plan and Goals
The agency I am currently employed with is a large privately owned healthcare company in the county of Los Angeles, California. Kaiser Permanente has many branches providing services for mental health in different communities, but for the purpose of this racial justice improvement and development plan, this plan will only focus on the community of West Covina and Diamond Bar. Kaiser Permanente reportedly served an estimated 618,000 mental health clients in 2010 for the community of West Covina and Diamond Bar across five clinics, with nearly 57 percent from a minority background (Kaiser Permanente, 2013). While the rate of poor mental health is estimated to be lower than the state average, the number of hospitalizations for mental health are among the highest in California. However, the percentage of providers (clinicians/doctors and therapists) from minority backgrounds serving this population within the company is less than 40 percent, and some clinics have as little as five providers from ethnic backgrounds. It should be highly notable, that since 2010 - after Obamacare was signed into law - Kaiser Permanente had a significant rise in clients insured through Medi-Cal, and the dependents on Medi-Cal are predominantly from…

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