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Scaling Evidence-Based and Community-Defined Evidence Practices

About this Workstream

The evidence-based practices (EBP) and community-defined evidence practices (CDEP) grant program aims to improve children and youth behavioral health by leveraging practices with robust evidence for effectiveness and prioritizing impact on racial equity and sustainability. Toward that goal, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is disbursing grant funding to community-based organizations, schools or school districts, faith-based organizations, child care centers, providers, hospitals and clinics to build capacity and capabilities to deliver to communities in need. 

By scaling EBPs and CDEPs throughout the state, DHCS aims to improve access to critical behavioral health interventions, including those focused on prevention, early intervention and resiliency/recovery for children and youth, with a specific focus on children and youth who are from the following groups: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or the LGBTQIA+ community.

Through six competitive grant funding rounds, DHCS will award grants totaling approximately $429 million in the following focus areas:

  • Round 1: Parent/caregiver support programs and practices
  • Round 2: Trauma-informed programs and practices
  • Round 3: Early childhood wraparound services
  • Round 4: Youth-driven programs
  • Round 5: Early intervention programs and practices
  • Round 6: Community-defined programs and practices

Managed by

  • DHCS

Strategic Area

Behavioral Health Ecosystem Infrastructure

Workforce Training and Capacity


$429 million



Workstream Goals

Improve timely access to accessible, high-quality, appropriate, evidence-based (including community-defined evidence) care for all children and youth.

Maximize impact and reduce disparities for all children and youth with an emphasis on programs and practices that focus on marginalized communities.

Incorporate youth and family voices to ensure that the selected programs and practices resonate with a diverse audience.

Focus on the upstream continuum of care to reduce the risk of significant behavioral health concerns in the future.

Use a data-driven approach to expand the use of evidence-based and community-defined evidence behavioral health services.

Key Achievements

Awarded $180.5 million to 325 grantees across three rounds of grants focused on parent and caregiver support programs, trauma-informed programs, and youth-driven programs.

Issued two additional Requests for Applications focused on early childhood wraparound services and early intervention programs and practices, pending awards in early 2024.

Released requests for applications for rounds 1-5.

Executed contract with grant third-party administrator, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions.

Released grant strategy overview.

Established a Workgroup, convening experts to advise about the selection of EBPs and CDEPs that will be scaled statewide through a competitive granting process.

Held interdisciplinary meetings with a diverse Think Tank of experts from various sectors to develop and refine program design, emphasizing diverse representation and expertise in serving BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, rural communities and other special populations.


January 2024

Awardees to be announced for round 5.

December 2023

  • Awardees announced for round 2
  • Awardees announced for round 4.
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July 2023

Awardees announced for round 1.

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