Kaiser Permanente Backs Prop 1: Expanding California’s Mental Health System and Providing Crucial Housing for the Needs of Individuals with Mental Illnesses

Proposition 1 to Enhance Mental Health Care in California

Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, has received the support of Kaiser Permanente. The aim of this measure is to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system. This initiative addresses the growing need for mental health and addiction services and aims to modernize and transform the state’s health care system.

A key component of Proposition 1 is the construction of crucial housing for individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Additionally, the measure seeks 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, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, emphasized the importance of addressing not only physical health but also social and mental health. He highlighted the need for bold and necessary steps to make progress towards ensuring that every Californian who needs care can receive it. The impact of Proposition 1 could be substantial, 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.

Proposition 1 would also introduce 26,700 additional openings for outpatient treatment and allocate $1 billion to support homeless veterans with mental illnesses and addiction. With ballots already in the mail, California voters have until March 5 to cast their votes on this vital issue.

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