California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.


Compassion. Action. Change.


Each Mind Matters Logo imageMental Health Stigma & Discrimination Reduction Project

Compassion. Action. Change.

| SDR Home | Fact Sheets | Equal Insurance | Trainings & Materials | Public Policy Work |


In 2011, Disability Rights California was awarded a prevention and early intervention (PEI) stigma and discrimination reduction grant through the county/California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) and Prop. 63.

CalMHSA administers programs funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) on a statewide, regional and local basis. PEI initiatives aim at preventing suicides, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving student mental health. CalMHSA is a group of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

While a smaller project than when it began in 2011, our Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Project will continue to focus on mental health parity and equal private insurance (click here to see our mental health parity work) by:

  • examining mental health parity laws, policies, and practices;
  • training community members on existing rights, including mental health parity;
  • recommending needed policy changes;
  • increasing awareness of laws, policies and practices that address discrimination and support mental health services in non-traditional settings;
  • disseminating culturally-relevant and age appropriate best practice policies;
  • and build capacity to continue the work after the funding term.

To see work done during the first years of the grant click on the links above.

Disability Rights California subcontracted with Mental Health Advocacy Services to address stigma and discrimination issues for youth.

CalMHSA logo image

Prop 63 logo image