Kaiser Permanente is throwing their support behind Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot that aims to invest billions of dollars in the expansion and strengthening of the state’s mental health system. This measure would address the growing need for mental health and addiction services, and would also work to modernize and transform the state’s health care system.
One of the key components of Proposition 1 is the construction of crucial housing for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Additionally, the measure aims to increase 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, highlighted the importance of addressing not only physical health, but social and mental health as well. He emphasized the need for bold and necessary steps to make progress towards ensuring that every Californian who needs care can receive it. The impact of Proposition 1 could be substantial, expanding mental health and addiction services for tens of thousands of Californians each year and providing housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs.
In addition, Proposition 1 would introduce 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment and allocate $1 billion to support homeless veterans with mental illnesses and addiction. With ballots already in the mail, California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes on this vital issue.