The LGBTQ TA Center provides no-cost technical assistance and training to six grantees funded through the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) to implement and evaluate community-based programs that support mental health among California’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning populations. Over the course of ten years (2016-2026), TA Center staff and consultants will work intensively with the grantees to promote strategic planning, effective implementation, rigorous evaluation, successful scaling-up, and ongoing sustainability.
CRDP is funded through the Mental Health Services Act of 2004, which imposes a 1% income tax on personal income over $1 million. It is administered through the Office of Health Equity by the California Department of Public Health. In all, the initiative supports the implementation and evaluation of 34 programs addressing the mental health prevention needs of five priority population groups who experience disparities in mental health: African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBTQ, and Native Americans.
Participating community-based organizations are implementing community-defined evidence practices (CDEPs) that have shown positive results for reducing mental health disparities among priority populations. The immediate goal of CRDP is to invest in these CDEPs to evaluate and validate practices that provide credible evidence of effectiveness. The long-term goal is to support the replication and dissemination of evidence-based programs serving communities that have historically been unserved, underserved, or inappropriately served by existing mental health prevention and early intervention providers.
Visit the Culture is Health website for more information about the initiative.
Office of Health Equity Contract Manager:
Ramon Bieri, MPH (he/him)