ERIC Number: ED561197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 33
Evaluation of California's Statewide Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Programs: Summary of Key Year 2 Findings
Eberhart, Nicole K.; Burnam, M. Audrey; Berry, Sandra H.; Collins, Rebecca L.; Ebener, Patricia A.; Ramchand, Rajeev; Stein, Bradley D.; Woodbridge, Michelle W.
In California, the passage of Proposition 63 set aside funds for prevention and early intervention (PEI) and allowed for local and statewide activities. Recognizing the importance of including evidence-based PEI approaches into a comprehensive spectrum of care for mental disorders, the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)--a coalition of California counties designed to provide economic and administrative support to mental health service delivery--formed a statewide PEI Implementation Workplan. The workplan guided the development of three program initiatives designed to meet the following goals: (1) stigma and discrimination reduction; (2) suicide prevention; and (3) improvement of student mental health. Under each initiative, community organizations, private firms, and public K-12 and higher education systems serve as PEI program partners, performing activities to meet the initiative's goals. In the summer of 2011, program partners began their activities. In the fall of 2011, the RAND Corporation was selected to design and implement an evaluation of the three initiatives, and the final evaluation plan was approved and launched in the summer of 2012. This summary focuses on the evaluation findings that have been produced in the second year of the evaluation, from the summer of 2013 through the summer/fall of 2014. Based on results in year two, the CalMHSA PEI initiatives are successfully launched and are already showing positive outcomes in stigma and discrimination reduction, suicide prevention, and improvement of student mental health.
Descriptors: Mental Health Programs, Prevention, Early Intervention, Program Evaluation, State Legislation, Evidence Based Practice, Social Discrimination, Suicide, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Outcomes of Treatment, Health Education, Marketing, Public Health, Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA); RAND Health
Identifiers - Location: California