Proposition 1, which will be on the March 5 Primary Election ballot, authorizes $6.38 billion in state general obligation bonds for mental health treatment facilities and supportive housing for homeless veterans and individuals with behavioral health challenges. The California Chamber of Commerce supports this proposition and encourages employers to share this information with their employees. However, they remind businesses to follow guidelines and not coerce or reward/punish employees for their political activities or beliefs. The proposition also amends the Mental Health Services Act to allow funding for substance use disorders, reallocate funding for various programs, and require annual audits. It was placed on the ballot by the Legislature and is sponsored by Governor Gavin Newsom. The CalChamber President and CEO co-signed the rebuttal to the argument against Proposition 1. The measure aims to address the interconnected issues of homelessness, untreated mental illness, and drug abuse in California by providing resources for community-based mental health and addiction services, building supportive housing, and prioritizing treatment over incarceration. Currently, 1 in 3 California prisoners has a diagnosed mental illness. Proposition 1 offers an ambitious plan to help communities recover from these crises and improve the state’s mental health system. 

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