Proposition 1 Aims to Strengthen Mental Health Care in California

Kaiser Permanente Supports Proposition 1 to Expand California’s Mental Health System

Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, has gained the support of Kaiser Permanente. The aim of this initiative is to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system while modernizing and transforming its healthcare system.

One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is the construction of desperately needed housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorder. Additionally, it aims to increase capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, as well as develop a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide these services.

Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and CEO, emphasized the importance of physical, social, and mental health to a person’s total well-being. He noted that Kaiser Permanente has made significant investments in behavioral health and sees Proposition 1 as an opportunity for Californians to take bold steps towards ensuring everyone who needs care can access it.

The impact of Proposition 1 would be significant, providing housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs while introducing 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment. It will also allocate $1 billion to support veterans who are homeless, have mental illnesses or addiction issues.

California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes, with mail-in ballots already sent out. Proposition 1 presents a crucial opportunity to address the pressing needs for mental health and addiction services in the state.

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