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The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Phase 2 is a groundbreaking six-year statewide effort that will identify effective community-defined mental health prevention and early intervention solutions for California’s diverse population. 

ONTRACK Program Resources is the Technical Assistance Provider to the seven CRDP Phase 2 African American Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs).






The vision for the CA Reducing Disparities Project (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 5 population groups recognized by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) as being most adversely affected by disparities: African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, LGBTQ and Native American.



  • The CRDP is funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
  • 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.
  • There is a total of 35 nonprofit organizations (7 in each of the 5 population groups) located throughout the state of California that have been selected to participate as CRDP Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs). The IPPs are conducting programs 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.
  • The other CRDP TAPs are:


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 “Community Defined Evidence Practices” (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 that were 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.


  1. Demonstrate through a rigorous, community-participatory evaluation process that selected “Community Defined Evidence Practices” (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.


–derived from the CDPH OHE CRDP Phase 2 African American Technical Assistance Provider solicitation, (#15-10608)

What is a CDEP: Community Defined Evidence Project?


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