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2018 Mental Health Reports
Innovations in Mental Health
Communities of color and LGBTQ communities have historically been unserved, underserved, or inappropriately served by California’s behavioral health system. Without innovation in local delivery systems, the prevalence of inappropriate treatment or no treatment among communities of color and LGBTQ communities will remain. This summer, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, along with its partners the California Primary Care Association and #Out4MentalHealth, released a brief on mental health innovation in California. The brief highlights models of local innovation and opportunities for local and statewide change to ensure new practices are introduced into California’s mental health system.
Measuring Mental Health Disparities
CPEHN is excited to release Measuring Mental Health Disparities: A Roadmap & Recommendations for Implementation of the Mental Health Equity Act (AB 470, 2017). We know that health care coverage and access alone do not guarantee a reduction of disparities or improve health outcomes. Quality of care and the cultural appropriateness of care are critical components of ensuring health equity.
California Reducing Disparities Project: Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities
The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) was launched in 2009 as a core component of California’s Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). The CRDP focuses on five populations, including African Americans; Asians and Pacific Islanders (API); Latinos; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) communities; and Native Americans, and provides community-driven recommendations to reduce mental health disparities through policy change and program development. The Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities was developed by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) alongside our partners representing diverse populations in California. The Strategic Plan is a community-driven and community-authored document that provides a roadmap for reducing mental health disparities in unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities.