Presentation on theme: "1 Prevention & Early Intervention – Early Start Stigma & Discrimination Workgroup Proposal Debbie Innes-Gomberg and Eduardo Vega Delegates Stakeholders."— Presentation transcript:
1 Prevention & Early Intervention – Early Start Stigma & Discrimination Workgroup Proposal Debbie Innes-Gomberg and Eduardo Vega Delegates Stakeholders Meeting November 7, 2008
2 Stigma/Stain, Attitudes “Stigma is the most formidable obstacle to progress in the arena of mental illness and health.” United States Surgeon General’s Office (1999)
3 Who is affected by Stigma & Discrimination? People– consumers, MH professionals Families/communities-blame game Society Prejudice limits potential- Eagleton/Lincoln The World Mental illness is leading cause of disability around the world Suicide among the most prevalent preventable cause of death
4 Changing Minds Can attitudes/stigma be changed? Yes Individually “one mind at a time” Social programs with leadership Exposure to alternatives/success Media through advocacy Self-stigma
5 Changing Minds Can attitudes/stigma be changed? Possibly Public policy through advocacy Disability rights protections/legislation Parity laws for treatment Rehabilitation services MH systems/professionals (exposure to recovery
6 Changing Minds – What Works? 3 major Strategies to reduce stigma (Corrigan studies 1996-2002) Protest– some short-term success Education– (including media) mixed Contact– most successful
7 Mental Health Services Act Oversight and Accountability Commission Stigma & Discrimination Workgroup Report Recommendations include working at 3 levels: Individual and families Systems Communities
8 LA County Proposal Client-Focused Strategies – Reducing stigma through community education, outreach, empowerment and advocacy. Family Support & Education Strategies – Family members providing education and support to the public, providers and other family members. Community Advocacy- Reducing stigma & discrimination through community directed advocacy.
9 Funding Total funding available: $2.88 million Each allocation is inclusive of an evaluation component, not to exceed 5% of the particular component.
10 Client-Focused Strategies 37% $1,065,600 Involving stigma reduction through consumer contact including community education, outreach, empowerment and advocacy such as: Consumer speakers bureaus for Under-Represented Ethnic Populations (UREP) inclusive of priority population groups Dialogue with first responders Stigma reducing conferences Peer advocate addition to Service Area Navigation Teams Peer support for LGBTQI TAY and adults School education, awareness and anti-stigma campaigns on mental illness and LGBTQI populations, K-college
11 Family Support & Education Strategies 26% $748,800 Family members providing education and support to the public, providers and other family members across different cultures and languages. Anti-stigma educational materials and services Family education and support In-services and educational campaigns on-site at schools Foster family and custody retention education and support
12 Community Advocacy Strategies 37% $1,065,600 Stigma-reduction and anti-discrimination advocacy strategies focused and driven by the larger community which are not performed exclusively by clients or family members. Developing culturally effective strategies for community education and stigma-reduction in Under-Represented Ethnic Populations (UREP) Anti-not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) projects related to siting of mental health services and supports Recovery/mental health transformation awareness and documentation Local media-related activities, including media dialogue and intervention that compliment statewide media efforts Establishing policies and procedures related to stigma