Dickerson Update, June 19 – Kaiser Announces Plans for New Headquarters

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Kaiser Permanente Announces Plans to Build New Headquarters

Kaiser has announced plans to construct a 1.6 million-square-foot headquarters in Oakland, which would consolidate 7,200 employees from 7 offices into one space. Construction is scheduled to start next year with a completion date of 2023. The future Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center will cost about $900 million to build. Centralizing operations under one roof will save Kaiser $60 million annually.

Kaiser was founded in Oakland in 1945, and is the city’s largest private employer. By building its headquarters in Oakland, Kaiser is reinforcing the longstanding relationship it has with the city. Just last year, Kaiser committed $200 million to fund affordable housing and mitigate homelessness.

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California Passes $215 Billion Budget with New Spending for Families, Immigrants and Housing

California lawmakers passed a $214.8 billion budget deal last Thursday, with new funds earmarked for schools, homelessness, and health care for undocumented immigrants. The new budget will add billions to the state’s reserve funds via a surplus, bringing the state’s “rainy day” fund to $19 billion, and will also augment the hundreds of millions reserved for school and social services.Lawmakers are still refining the final details of the budget through so-called trailer bills. The bill passed Thursday will provide the framework for state spending over the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

“The budget deal will maintain the state’s ongoing commitment to fiscal prudence,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who leads the committee that oversees the final budget. “This budget is bold and responsible.” Click here to read the article.


California Tests Mental Health App That Seeks to Identify Mental Health Crisis Before it Occurs

Does anyone know you better than your phone? This is the premise behind a collaborative initiative backed by California public mental health officials and two mental health startups, Mindstrong and 7 Cups. They’re hoping to leverage machine learning technology that they hope will provide insights into when a person is on the brink of an emotional crisis once fully developed.

The technology is still in its trial phase, during which trial participants allow Mindstrong to install a keyboard on their phones. The keyboard collects data for a week to determine normal use of activity, and then sends an alert to the user when their behavior strays from the norm. Mindstrong tracks opening and closing of apps, tapping, and scrolling.

While both technology companies and medical professionals want to use technology to identify and intervene with mental health issues, no one has been able to develop an effective long-term system to triage or manage mental health issues. And of course there are always concerns with privacy in the age of data breaches.

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