California’s March ballot includes Proposition 1, which Kaiser Permanente is advocating for. This measure aims to address the growing need for mental health and addiction services in the state by investing billions of dollars to expand and strengthen the mental health system, as well as modernize and transform the healthcare system.
One of the key components of Proposition 1 is the construction of housing for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, addressing the urgent need for accommodation for these conditions. Additionally, the measure seeks to increase capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as grow a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide these services.
Greg A. Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, emphasized the importance of treating physical, social, and mental health as essential components of a person’s overall well-being. Adams highlighted that Proposition 1 presents a significant opportunity for Californians to take bold steps in improving access to care for those in need.
If approved, Proposition 1 would have a substantial impact on mental health and addiction services in California. It would expand services for tens of thousands of individuals each year, provide housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs, and introduce additional openings for outpatient treatment. The proposition also includes a $1 billion allocation to support homeless veterans with mental illnesses and addiction.
As California voters begin receiving their ballots this week, they have until March 5th to cast their votes on Proposition 1 and make a decision on the future of mental health and addiction services in the state.