Kaiser Permanente is urging Californians to vote in favor of Proposition 1, a ballot initiative aimed at addressing the growing need for mental health and addiction services in the state. The proposition seeks to invest billions of dollars to strengthen and expand the mental health system, as well as modernize and transform the healthcare system.
One of the key components of Proposition 1 is the construction of housing specifically designed for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This addresses an urgent need for safe and affordable housing options for those struggling with these conditions. Additionally, the measure aims to increase capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as build 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 interconnected aspects of overall well-being. Adams noted that Proposition 1 presents an opportunity for California to take bold action in improving access to care for those in need.
If approved, Proposition 1 would have a significant impact on mental health and addiction services in California. It would provide housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs, expand services for tens of thousands of individuals each year, and create additional openings for outpatient treatment. The proposition also includes a $1 billion allocation to support homeless veterans with mental illnesses and addiction.
As voters prepare to cast their ballots on March 5th, they have an opportunity to make a decision on the future of mental health and addiction services in California by supporting Proposition 1.