Why does behavioral health matter?
Behavioral / mental health is an integral part of our health, just as physical health is. In a decent society everybody’s health and wellbeing should be taken care of so that people can reach their full potential.
What steps should California take to increase access to care for those with mental illness and substance use challenges?
California should create a single payer Medicare for All system to guarantee healthcare to every resident. If there are not enough behavioral / mental health providers in certain areas, we should open new publicly owned facilities.
How can California lead the way in destigmatizing behavioral health conditions?
We should explore behavioral / mental health classes in schools. And we can work with primary care physicians to encourage regular mental / behavioral health check ups.
Will you commit to embracing behavioral health as a public policy priority?