Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, is a crucial step towards improving the state’s mental health and addiction services. This initiative aims to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system, as well as modernizing and transforming the state’s healthcare system.
One of the most significant aspects of Proposition 1 is the construction of desperately needed housing for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorder. Additionally, it seeks to add more capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment, while also growing a diverse and well-trained workforce to provide these services.
Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and CEO, highlighted 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 saw Proposition 1 as an opportunity to take bold steps towards ensuring everyone who needs care can access it.
The impact of Proposition 1 would be significant, 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, introduce 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment, and allocate $1 billion to support veterans who are homeless, have mental illnesses or addiction.
California voters have until March 5th to cast their votes on this crucial initiative. The mail-in ballots have already been sent out so make sure you have yours ready before heading out to vote!