CRDP Phase II Statewide Evaluator Project

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The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), Phase 1, was developed in response to disparities that exist in mental health care for diverse populations. Mental health disparities are well documented, especially as they relate to access, availability, quality and outcomes of care.  CRDP Phase 2 is designed to build on and implement strategies developed in Phase 1 and identified in the CRDP Strategic Plan. Phase 2 focuses on strengthening and demonstrating effectiveness of population-specific interventions and developing and reinforcing infrastructure to effectively deliver mental health services to impacted populations. The vision for CRDP Phase 2 is a California in which all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, receive quality mental health prevention and treatment services delivered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.

The central component of CRDP Phase 2 are the Implementation Pilot Projects (IPP) representing 5 target populations (African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and LGBTQ communities).  Approximately 35 groups will implement community-Defined Evidence Projects (CDEP) that provide culturally competent prevention and early intervention services to members of a CRDP target population.  Five population-specific Technical Assistance (TA) Providers will work with Pilot Projects to develop their administrative, programmatic and evaluation capacities.  Education, Outreach and Awareness Consultants (EOA) will be engaged to help bring together community stakeholders and resources to increase awareness of mental health issues in impacted communities, address barriers to reducing mental health disparities, and  inform local policy makers and administrators about issues impacting unserved, underserved and inappropriately served communities.

As the statewide evaluator on this project, PARC@LMU will use a CBPR integrative mixed methods multi-year approach to discern best practices associated with the implementation of culturally defined evidence practice as well as CRDP Phase II’s achievement of its objectives. The CRDP II Statewide Evaluation framework will track the change process overall and within the three CRDP II components (IPP, TA, EOA).   It will attend to the importance of organizational, community, cultural, and historical contextual conditions.  PARC will examine reductions in mental health disparities and improvements in mental health outcomes from a public health perspective supported by a social ecological framework attending to culture and the simultaneous effects of multiple social identities.  Application of a community ecological framework in the statewide evaluation plan will provide a lens for developing a more contextual, nuanced understanding of mental health as both a reflection of and a contributing factor towards community-level mental distress.  Along with PARC’s multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary team members, the statewide evaluation will draw on the expertise of The Alliance—the partnership among the ethnic specific psychological associations (e.g., AAPA, ABPsi, NLPA) and the APA Division 44 focused on LGBTQ issues.