As mental health and addiction continue to be pressing issues in California, Kaiser Permanente is advocating for Proposition 1, a measure on the state’s March ballot. The proposition seeks to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the mental health system, as well as modernizing and transforming the healthcare system.
One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is the construction of housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, addressing the urgent need for accommodation for individuals with these conditions. In addition, the measure aims to increase the 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. “Proposition 1 presents a significant opportunity for Californians to take bold steps in improving access to care for those in need,” he said.
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 to receive their ballots, they have until March 5 to cast their votes on Proposition 1 and make a decision on the future of mental health and addiction services in the state.