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New Brief: Innovations in Mental Health | California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

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New Brief: 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. Click here to download the brief.

Ongoing Advocacy:
At their July 26th meeting, the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) will discuss components of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) “innovations incubator” and look to make improvements to the development and implementation of the innovations component as a whole. CPEHN and partners will be there advocating for the adoption of the recommendations outlined in the brief.

We would love to hear from you – To share feedback on the brief, stories about your local experience, or to get involved in advocacy efforts, email Carolina Valle at

Upcoming Webinar Series:
Public Mental Health Services in California

Later this year, CPEHN will host a series of mental health webinars on the landscape of public mental health services in California to educate community-based organizations and advocates on best practices in local communities, and discuss key topics in the realm of safety net mental health care. The documented symptoms of greater mental distress among communities of color underscores the crucial role of public mental health services but the systems that govern access to care are fragmented and complex.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of the mental health delivery system in California
  • Mental health disparities in communities of color
  • Indicators of quality mental health care
  • Stakeholder engagement and advocacy opportunities

Our mental health webinars will provide information and resources to advocates and community-based organizations. Don’t miss out on this webinar series in fall! Dates to be announced soon!

Additional Resources:

Measuring Mental Health Disparities (2018)

  • 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. Quality measurement in mental health has historically lagged behind quality and performance improvement in health care, but it is a key component of achieving equity.Therefore, CPEHN convened an Advisory Committee to develop a recommended set of quality metrics for adoption by the State of California. Through this conversation, a number of themes emerged that are reflected in the report.

California Reducing Disparities Project: Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities(2018)

  • This report was developed by CPEHN in partnership with the California Reducing Disparities Project Partners.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 is a community-driven and community-authored document that provides a roadmap for reducing mental health disparities in unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities.

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