In 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, the Mental
Health Services Act (MHSA) to build an effective community-based
mental health system. Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)
programs are the heart of this system that aims to connect people
with treatment and services early on in an illness and
dramatically reduce the negative consequences of leaving mental
illness untreated until it reaches our emergency rooms, jails and
In 2011, UACF was awarded the Stigma and Discrimination
Reduction (SDR) contract through the California Mental Health
Services Authority (CalMHSA). The SDR Initiative will initiate
contact outreach strategies such as mental health surveys,
events, trainings and Community Network Roundtables to engage and
empower local communities across the state, targeting people with
The Stigma and Discrimination
Reduction (SDR) Initiative is one of three programs California
counties are working together to deliver through the California
Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), in partnership with
the State of California and with involvement from California’s
ethnically and culturally diverse communities.
As an on-going efficient delivery mechanism for statewide and
other California mental health projects, a central component of
CalMHSA‘s vision is to continually promote systems and services
arising from a commitment to community mental health, and to the
values of the California Mental Health Services Act.
CalMHSA serves California counties and cities in the dynamic
delivery of mental health and supportive services. A nationally
recognized leader, CalMHSA inspires the service community through
its commitment to results and values. Successful statewide and
regional programs enable the voice of many to be heard.
In a successful training, the setting as well as the knowledge of
the trainer are as important as the material presented. It is
critical to the success of any training that trainers establish
an environment conducive to learning, develop teaching approaches
that will appeal to a wide variety of learning styles,
incorporate different cultural contexts, and alter practices to
reach different cultural groups.
All too often when someone is struggling with depression,
anxiety, trauma, or other mental health issues, family members
and friends can be unsure of what to do or how to help. The
social stigma associated with mental health issues are often the
primary reason that many do not seek treatment and can sometimes
contribute to negative interactions with friends, peers,
employers, and even law enforcement or community members.
The purpose of Community Network Roundtables is to reduce stigma
and discrimination, increase access to mental health services,
and build capacity to connect, support, and empower consumers,
families, parents, caregivers, youth, and children. It is also
intended to bring coordinated stigma reduction activities to
local counties and regions as part of statewide efforts to reduce
these damaging impacts.
Goals of the Community Roundtables
Develop and implement contact strategies to reduce stigma and
discrimination in their County;
Coordinate a statewide public awareness campaign with CalMHSA
and its partners;
Engage 12 CalMHSA Counties to enhance existing efforts, share
best practices and successes and to reduce mental health stigma
and discrimination through this statewide effort.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.