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California’s Proposition 1 Gets Boost from Kaiser Permanente: Investing Billions to Expand Mental Health Care and Addiction Services


Feb 12, 2024
Proposition 1 Aims to Strengthen Mental Health Care in California

Proposition 1, a measure on California’s March ballot, has gained the support of Kaiser Permanente. The initiative aims to invest billions of dollars in expanding and strengthening the state’s mental health system, as well as 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 seeks to increase capacity for mental health care and drug and alcohol treatment while growing 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 a big opportunity for Californians to take bold and necessary 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 5 to cast their votes, and mail-in ballots have already been 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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