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In response to former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher’s call for national action to reduce mental health disparities, the former Department of Mental Health (DMH), with support from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and the California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC), created a statewide policy initiative to identify solutions for historically unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities.  Under the Office of Health Equity, this statewide Prevention and Early Intervention effort, the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP),  focuses on five populations:

  • African Americans
  • Asians and Pacific Islanders (API)
  • Latinos
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ)
  • Native Americans  
  • Now in Phase II, the CRDP will focus on funding and evaluating the promising practices identified in Phase I, as well as advancing the strategies outlined in the CRDP Strategic Plan. There has not been a project of this scope before; one that recognizes and elevates community practices and identifies strategies for systems change. Throughout this process, California will present this work on the national stage so that other states can learn from our efforts.  In all CRDP will award $60 million to 41 contractors and grantees over six years. The CRDP is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) that was passed in November 2004. This act imposes a one percent income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.



    The Office of Health Equity, Community Development and Engagement Unit is pleased to announce a Notice of Intent to Award for the final component of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP)-the Education, Outreach and Awareness (EOA) Consultant contract to the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN).

    For over 25 years, CPEHN has been advocating for health equity for underserved diverse racial/ethnic communities, as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning populations. Most recently, CPEHN developed a community authored CRDP Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities from five population-specific Strategic Plans.  Services to be provided by the EOA Consultant will include: a statewide mental health poll, media training and consulting, storytelling technical assistance to CRDP grantees, and community engagement across all priority populations.

    This Intent to Award should not be considered as a binding commitment by the State of California.


    The California Reducing Disparities Project and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) are excited to release the Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities. The plan was developed by  CPEHN, alongside our partners representing diverse populations in California, as a community-driven and community authored document that provides a roadmap for reducing mental health disparities in unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities.

    Go to the CPEHN page or click a link below to download the report and executive summary. The executive summary is translated in Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

    California Reducing Disparities Project: Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities (PDF) (English).


    Request for Proposal CA Reducing Disparities Project Education, Outreach, and Awareness (EOA) Consultant

    ​The Office of Health Equity (OHE) is pleased to announce the release of a final Request for Proposal, the Education, Outreach and Awareness (EOA) Consultant Solicitation for the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP).  This solicitation focuses on:

    • Media training for OHE & CRDP contractors and grantees.

    • Compelling story telling to heighten the general public's awareness on mental health and the CRDP narrative.

    • The creation of a mental health poll to gather data about the general public's understanding on mental health.

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    EOA Bidder's Conference

    Tuesday, April 24, at 1:30 PM

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    1616 Capitol Ave., Room 74.553

    Attendees will have to check in with security.

    RSVP via email: or call: 916-322-2199


    Webinar Login Details (PDF)

    EOA Consultant Solicitation 18-10144, April 11, 2018 (PDF)

    Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)



     CRDP Phase II has awarded 41 grants and contracts in the areas of Statewide Evaluator, Technical Assistance Provider, Implementation Pilot Projects, and capacity building projects. A full list of organizations participating in Phase II will be coming soon.

    We are currently in the process of converting our CRDP solicitation documents to be ADA web accessible.  In the meantime, for electronic copies of any of these documents please email . 
    Phase I
    Focused on development of a CRDP strategic plan, along with population reports from each of the project's five populations.
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    Phase II
    Focuses on providing funding to implement practices and strategies idenitifed in order to demonstrate community-defined evidence to reduce mental health disparities.
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