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California Communities Mental Health Services Survey

NORC at the University of Chicago is conducted the California Communities Mental Health Services Survey (CCMHSS) for CPEHN and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity. The study was funded by the California Mental Health Services Act

The CCMHSS Report was released in November of 2022

The purpose of the survey is to learn about Californians thoughts and feelings toward mental health and the services provided in California. The survey will build upon previous research and the California Reducing Disparities (CRDP) Phase 1 findings to gain a better understanding of mental health services from the diverse California population.

Using a cross-sectional study design, the CCMHSS surveyed over 4,000 Californians through a combination of probability and non-probability sampling. The sample was weighted and calibrated to create full representative sample in an effort to represent California’s diverse population and align with CRDP’s disparity reduction goals.

NORC engaged in partnerships throughout the state to reach respondents from priority groups including:

  • Asian Americans
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) and
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) populations. 
  • Latinos
  • African Americans

The major goals of the survey are:  

  1. Capture perceived availability and accessibility of mental health services 
  2. Gather opinions, attitudes and beliefs towards mental health 
  3. Identify perceived need to improve the options of mental health services 

The information gathered will be used to inform services and policies throughout California. 

Topics covered

  • Factors that may affect people’s mental health
  • Knowledge and attitudes about access to mental health care services
  • Types of actions California should take to address mental health
  • Attitudes about mental illness and people with mental illness
  • Attitudes about mental health care
  • Personal experience with mental health and mental health care services
  • Sources of mental health support

For more information, please contact Alyssa Ghirardelli (NORC Senior Research Scientist) at (916) 378-8712 or