Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, has been endorsed by Kaiser Permanente. The need for mental health and addiction services has never been greater, and this measure aims to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system, as well as modernizing and transforming the state’s health care system.
One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is building desperately needed housing for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. In addition, it seeks to add more capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, while increasing a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide mental health and addiction services.
Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente’s president and chief executive officer, emphasized the importance of physical, social and mental health to a person’s overall well-being. He noted that Kaiser Permanente has made significant investments in behavioral health and sees Proposition 1 as a great opportunity for Californians to take the bold and necessary steps toward making care accessible to everyone who needs it.
The impact of Proposition 1 would be significant, expanding mental health and addiction services to tens of thousands of Californians each year. It would provide housing for more than 11,000 people with severe mental health needs, create 26,700 additional outpatient treatment spaces and allocate $1 billion to support veterans who are homeless, have mental illnesses and addictions.
California voters have until March 5 to cast their ballots, and ballots have already been sent out. Proposition 1 presents a critical opportunity to address the urgent need for mental health