Kaiser Permanente supports Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, because of the increasing need for mental health and addiction services. This proposition would invest billions of dollars to expand and strengthen the state’s mental health system and modernize the health care system. It would also address the need for housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as provide more capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment.
Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and chief executive officer, emphasized the importance of physical, social, and mental health to a person’s total health, expressing the company’s commitment to behavioral health. He believes that Proposition 1 presents a significant opportunity for Californians to take bold steps in ensuring everyone who needs care can receive it.
If passed, Proposition 1 would have a significant impact, 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 and introduce 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment. Additionally, $1 billion would be allocated to support veterans who are homeless, have mental illnesses, and addiction.
California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes on this measure, which has the potential to significantly improve the mental health and addiction services available in the state.