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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 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) is releasing this Request for Information (RFI) for the California Reducing Disparities Project – Education, Outreach and Awareness (EOA) Consultant solicitation. The release of the RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide feedback that will be considered for incorporation before the official solicitation is issued.  If you have comments or questions, please submit to them to by February 20, 2018.

    On Friday, February 9, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, a feedback session has been scheduled at 1616 Capitol Ave., Room 74.216.  Those who wish to attend in person should arrive in the lobby of 1616 Capitol Ave. before 9:00 AM to be escorted to the room.  Photo ID will be required for security.  Virtual attendance is also available by webinar.  During the webinar, OHE will answer any questions received via Details on logging in to the webinar are posted here. There will also be an opportunity to provide additional written feedback after the session, if physical or virtual attendance is not possible.

    Please click here to access the Request for Information.


     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.

    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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