California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP)

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OVERVIEW


The vision for the CRDP is a California in which all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, receive quality mental health prevention and treatment services delivered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner. The CRDP focuses on achieving mental health equity for population groups recognized by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) as being most adversely affected: African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, LGBTQ and Native American.

CRDP QUICK FACTS

  • The CRDP originated in 2009 under the CA Dept. of Mental Health. Since that agency’s dissolution in 2012, CRDP has been under the auspices of the Office of Health Equity, CA Dept. of Public Health.
  • CRDP is funded by Proposition 63 (now known as the Mental Health Services Act or MHSA).
  • There are a total of 35 nonprofit organizations located throughout the state of California that have been selected to participate as CRDP Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs), 7 in each of the 5 population groups. The IPPs are conducting projects to demonstrate the effectiveness of “Community Defined Evidence Practices” (CDEPs) under rigorous evaluation through the CRDP, over a 5 year period. The 7 African American IPPs can be found at https://ontrackconsulting.org/crdpgrantees/.
  • Loyola Marymount University serves as the Statewide Evaluator for the CRDP.
  • 5 Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) have been selected to provide ongoing specialized consultation and training to the 35 IPPs, each serving 7 in their assigned population group, for the duration of CRDP Phase 2.
  • ONTRACK Program Resources is the TAP for the African American IPPs.

ABOUT THE PHASES


Phase 1 (2009-2016): In Phase 1, Strategic Planning Workgroups (SPW) were formed in each of the 5 focus populations, which in turn engaged community members in an effort to identify promising CDEPs and recommendations for reducing mental health disparities for that population. The findings from each SPW’s community engagement process were compiled into a Population Report. The 5 Population Reports were the basis for a single, comprehensive Strategic Plan (which awaits final approval from the State).

Phase 2 (2016-2022): CRDP Phase 2 is designed to build on and implement strategies developed in Phase 1 and identified in the CRDP Strategic Plan. Phase 2 focuses on strengthening and demonstrating effectiveness of population-specific interventions and developing and reinforcing infrastructure to effectively deliver mental health services to impacted populations.

CRDP PHASE 2 GOALS

  1. Demonstrate through a rigorous, community-participatory evaluation process that selected CDEPs are effective in preventing or reducing the severity of mental illness
  2. Upon completion of Phase 2, to increase funding of validated CDEPs by other, non-CRDP sources, including county mental health agencies
  3. Support changes in statewide and local mental health delivery systems and policies that will reduce mental health disparities among unserved, underserved and inappropriately served populations

 

 

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