About CRDP

Background and Purpose:

The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is a key statewide policy initiative funded by the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) as means to improve access, quality of care, and increase positive outcomes for racial, ethnic, and cultural communities.  Launched in 2009, this two-year statewide Prevention and Early Intervention effort utilizes $3 million in Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) state administrative funding.

The CRDP is focused on five populations to which each will encompass its own Strategic Planning Workgroup (SPW):

These Strategic Planning Workgroups (SPW) will be comprised of community leaders, mental health providers, consumers and family members – all of whom will work together to identify new service delivery approaches defined by multicultural communities for multicultural communities using community -defined evidence.  Their goal will be to develop population-specific reports (strategic plan) that will form the basis of a statewide comprehensive strategic plan to identify new approaches toward reducing disparities.

To view the CRDP Fact Sheet, please click here.

About API-SPW:

For information, please download here for the API Strategic Planning Workgroup organizational structure.

About DMH:

For updates and information, please click here to visit the California Department of Mental Health website.

About MHSA:

With the passage of ballot measure Proposition 63, known as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), in November 2004, the California DMH has the opportunity to provide funding, personnel, and other resources to support mental health programs and monitor progress towards meeting the statewide goals of improving mental health outcomes for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults, and their families.  The MHSA imposes a 1% income tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.  The majority of this funding is provided to county mental health programs to address a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs, and in creating an enhancing the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements to support this system.

The MHSA also established the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) to provide oversight for the MHSA and expenditure approval for the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) and Innovation components.  In 2007, MHSOAC designated and approved five PEI Statewide Projects to complement and support county mental health services.  The five PEI statewide Projects are:

  1. Student Mental Health Initiative
  2. Stigma and Discrimination Reduction
  3. Suicide Prevention
  4. Ethnic and Cultural Specific Programs and Interventions
  5. Training, Technical Assistance, and Capacity Building

In May 2008, the MHSOAC designated DMH to administer three of the PEI Statewide Projects (Student Mental Health Initiative, Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, and Suicide Prevention).  The source of the support for these Statewide Projects is MHSA PEI funds assigned to DMH by the county departments of mental health.

To view the full text of the Mental Health Service Act, please click here.