Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, is being pushed by Kaiser Permanente to address the growing need for mental health and addiction services in the state. The proposal aims to invest billions of dollars to expand and strengthen the mental health system, as well as modernize and transform the health care system.
One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is the construction of housing for people with mental illness and substance use disorders, addressing the urgent need for housing for people with these conditions. In addition, the measure seeks to increase capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as increase a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide these services.
Greg A. Adams, president 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. According to Adams, Proposition 1 represents a significant opportunity for Californians to take bold steps to improve access to care for those who need it.
If approved, Proposition 1 would have a significant impact on mental health and addiction services in California. It would expand services for tens of thousands of individuals each year, provide housing for more than 11,000 people with severe mental health needs and open up additional outpatient treatment options. The proposal also includes a $1 billion allocation to support homeless veterans with mental illness and addiction.
As voters in California begin to receive their ballots, they have until March 5 to cast their vote on Proposition 1 and make a decision about the future of mental health and addiction services in the state.