The state of California is facing a growing need for mental health and addiction services, and Proposition 1 on the March ballot aims to address this issue by investing billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system. One of the key components of this measure is the construction of crucial housing for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Kaiser Permanente, a leading healthcare provider in California, has thrown its support behind Proposition 1, recognizing the importance of addressing not only physical health but also social and mental health. Greg A. Adams, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, emphasized the need for bold and necessary steps to make progress towards ensuring that every Californian who needs care can receive it.
If passed, Proposition 1 could have a substantial impact on 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. 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.
California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes on this vital issue. With ballots already in the mail, it’s important for everyone to educate themselves on the facts about Proposition 1 and its potential impact on our state’s mental health system.