What is a CDEP: Community Defined Evidence Project?

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For the purposes of this grant program, a CDEP is defined as a set of bottom-up practices derived from a community’s ideas of illness and healing or positive attributes of cultural or traditional practices. In addition, the practice has been used by the targeted community, which has determined it to yield positive results through community consensus. CDEPs can include a range of culturally tailored treatment approaches or support. These services are often culture-specific practices that are supported by community experience but may not yet be recognized or funded by the public mental health system.

 The goal of CRDP is to invest in selected CDEPs as Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs) in order to evaluate and validate those practices as effective in preventing mental illness from becoming severe and disabling.

Funding, supporting and evaluating CDEPs lies at the heart of CRDP.

  from CDPH OHE CRDP Phase 2 African American Implementation Pilot Projects solicitation (#15-10647), p. 5-6