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Highlighting Differences to Understand Disparities

Defining differences in program access, treatment, and utilization by demographics, including gender, ethnicity, race, and age

Comparing the percentage of total persons across data sources by demographic characteristic can provide a broad measure of potential disparities in access to program services. Comparisons are made between four different sources of persons: (1) Persons in Full Service Partnerships (FSP), (2) Persons receiving publicly funded mental health services as reported in the Clients Services Information system (CSI), (3) Persons enrolled in Medi-Cal Aid Codes that are eligible for Specialty Mental Health Services (Medi-Cal), and (4) Department of Finance population estimates based on US Census data (CA Pop).

To build this dashboard MHSOAC collected data from each of these four sources using similar available demographic data points. The aim is to compare the makeup of persons receiving publicly funded mental health services to the relevant Medi-Cal population and the population of California in total. Comparisons are made statewide and by county.

Key Findings/Highlights

In FY 17/18, Asian / Pacific Islanders make up 15.1% of the total California population and 9.9% of the Medi-Cal population in Aid Codes eligible for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) but make up only 4.0% of the population receiving CSI services (3.7% for FSP).

In FY 17/18, the FSP (38.7%) and CSI (39.5%) percentages of Latinos are similar to the percentage of California’s population as estimated by the Department of Finance (38.6%). However, they are significantly lower than the percentage of Latinos reported in Medi-Cal (49.7%)