Evaluation of the California Mental Health Services Authority's Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives

Progress and Preliminary Findings

Edited by M. Audrey Burnam, Sandra H. Berry, Jennifer L. Cerully, Nicole K. Eberhart

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The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) statewide Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program comprises three strategic initiatives: (1) reduction of stigma and discrimination toward those with mental illness, (2) prevention of suicide, and (3) improvement in student mental health. Community agencies serve as PEI program partners to perform activities intended to meet the goals of the initiatives. This report evaluates the progress of the PEI program partners in achieving their goals and establishes baseline population tracking of key risk factors and long-term outcomes targeted by the initiatives. Based on a model to assess the program partners' capacities and resources and a recent survey of California adults, this report shows that the partners have greatly expanded their abilities to launch numerous PEI activities and programs.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Section I

    Initiative- And Program-Level Activities

    • Chapter Two

      Stigma and Discrimination Reduction

    • Chapter Three

      Suicide Prevention

    • Chapter Four

      Student Mental Health

  • Section II

    General Population Statewide Survey

    • Chapter Five

      RAND General Population Survey Baseline Results

  • Section III


    • Chapter Six


  • Appendix A

    Program Partner Descriptions

  • Appendix B

    SDR Evaluation Tools

  • Appendix C

    Suicide Prevention-Related Material

  • Appendix D

    Student Mental Health Tools

  • Appendix E

    Review of SDR Program Partner Websites and Their Contents

  • Appendix F

    Definition of Website Analytics Terms

  • Appendix G

    General Population Survey Items

The research described in this report was sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), and was produced within RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation.

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