Proposition 1 on California’s March ballot is a crucial measure that aims to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system. This initiative is supported by Kaiser Permanente, which recognizes the importance of physical, social, and mental health to a person’s total well-being.
One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is the building of desperately needed housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorder. The measure also seeks to add more capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, while growing a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide these services.
Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and CEO, emphasized the importance of investing in mental health and addiction services, noting that Kaiser Permanente has made significant investments in behavioral health. He sees Proposition 1 as an opportunity for Californians to take bold and necessary steps towards ensuring everyone who needs care can access it.
The impact of Proposition 1 would be significant, expanding mental health and addiction services for tens of thousands of Californians each year. It would provide housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs, introduce 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment, and allocate $1 billion to support veterans who are homeless, have mental illnesses or addiction issues.
California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes on this crucial measure. Mail-in ballots have already been sent out so make sure you exercise your right to vote by filling out your ballot today!