Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, has the potential to significantly improve mental health and addiction services in the state. Kaiser Permanente is advocating for this proposition as it seeks to address the increasing need for these services.
One of the key aspects of Proposition 1 is the construction of housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, which addresses an urgent need for accommodation. 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, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, emphasized the importance of treating physical, social, and mental health as essential components of a person’s overall well-being. He stated that Proposition 1 presents an opportunity for Californians to take bold steps in improving access to care for those in need.
If approved by voters, Proposition 1 would have a substantial impact on mental health and addiction services in California. It would expand services for tens of thousands of individuals each year, provide housing for over 11,000 people with severe mental health needs, introduce additional openings for outpatient treatment and allocate $1 billion to support homeless veterans with mental illnesses and addiction.
As California voters receive their ballots they have until March 5th to cast their vote on Proposition 1 and make a decision on the future of mental health and addiction services in the state.