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California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP)

The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Phase 2 is a groundbreaking six-year statewide evaluation driven 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).


Learn more about the non-profit grantees of the CRDP African American Implementation Pilot Projects and their community-defined evidence projects addressing disparities in behavioral health for communities of color.

Official California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) information including the Soul Space newsletter, strategic plan draft, digital toolkit, and other resources.

CRDP Project Overview

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.

CRDP Phases

  • 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 African American population report, We Ain’t Crazy! Just Coping with a Crazy System: Pathways into the Black Population for Eliminating Mental Health Disparities can be found here. All five Population Reports were the basis for a single, comprehensive CRDP Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities which can be found here.

  • Phase 2 (2016-2022) 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 the effectiveness of population-specific interventions and developing and reinforcing infrastructure to effectively deliver mental health services to impacted populations.

    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 in 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 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.

CRDP Phases 2 Goals

  • 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.
  • Upon completion of Phase 2, to increase funding of validated CDEPs by other, non-CRDP sources, including county mental health agencies.
  • 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.

Visit the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) webpage on the CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) website for more information about the initiative.

CDPH-OHE, CRDP contact:

Anita Ross


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