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NORC at the University of Chicago

About Us

What is your program/organization?

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, nonpartisan research institution. We deliver reliable data, rigorous analysis, and trustworthy insights that guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, we have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge. For more information, visit us at

Who are you?

NORC is the contractor working on the California Communities Mental Health Services Survey (CCMHSS), a part of the California Reducing Disparities Project. 

The Project Team

Alyssa Ghirardelli, Senior Research Scientist
Melissa Newberry, Research Scientist
Laura Wagstaff, Senior Research Analyst
Praveen Karunatileka, Research Analyst
Jessica Fox, Research Analyst


Next Steps

What important updates is your organization working on right now, in the context of the CRDP?

NORC at the University of Chicago is conducting the CCMHSS for CPEHN and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Health Equity. The study is funded by the California Mental Health Services Act. The purpose of the survey is to learn about Californians thoughts and feelings toward mental health and the services provided in California. In an effort to represent California’s diverse population and align with CRDP’s disparity reduction goals, NORC has engaged in partnerships throughout the state to reach respondents from priority groups including AIAN and LGBTQ+ populations. The information gathered will be used to inform services and policies throughout California.
Once the data is collected and analyzed, NORC will provide a final report to CPEHN and CDPH. Findings will be disseminated following the approval of the final report.

Contact Info

Principal contact person

Alyssa Ghirardelli
Phone: (916) 378-8712
Toll free: 1-877-268-1125

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