Our Community Needs Us
Most therapists do not see themselves as political beings. Therapists can feel politics are out of the ‘realm of expertise’. We at Therapists for Single Payer (TSP) know it is time for therapists of all disciplines (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists) to realize how important our expertise is in creating a better society.
Many of the ‘’ills of society” are rooted in the growing disconnect between individuals and between groups – a basic failure to see each other’s humanity. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1968 “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane”. It has not improved over the last 50 years. When healthcare is no longer a commodity, everyone’s value will be apparent to everyone.
Our therapeutic understanding and skills are necessary to confront maladaptive schemas and increase insight and awareness of self and other in order to bring about Single Payer Universal Healthcare in California.
Our Profession Needs Us
We have witnessed the continual marginalization and devaluation of the mental health profession over many years. The trajectory has taken a sharp downturn in recent years. We have not received increases in our reimbursements in 25 years. Insurance companies are now asking us to take 90%, 80% and even 70% of this meager amount. At the same our training and expertise as mental health professional takes a back seat to insurance company profits. This gives us less and less control over the course of treatment our clients need. This policy also affects the way the society views our profession and the need for mental health care.
This won’t change under the current multi-payer insurance run system. When a Single Payer system comes into being, we want to make sure all aspects of our mental health profession have a seat at the table. We want to make sure that we stand up for the importance of mental health care.