Mental Health Education / Stigma Reduction Programs

Community Mental Health Promoter Programs

The CMHP Programs work to promote awareness of mental health topics and resources specifically tailored to identified ethnic and cultural groups. Each offers a variety of presentation topics, through their unique cultural lens, including: Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Trauma, Drugs and Alcohol, Suicide Prevention, and Grief and Loss.

  • Hispanic/Latino(a) Community 
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Community
    • Provider: Special Service for Groups
    • Serving: Western and Mid-County regions
    • Contact: Estee Song
  • African American/Black
    • Provider: African American Health Coalition 
    • Serving: Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
    • Contact: Linda Hart
  • Native American/American Indian
    • Provider: Riverside - San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.
    • Serving: Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
    • Contact: Vernon Motschman
  • LGBTQIA - Aging Adults with HIV & Trans Youth
Stand Against Stigma

This program features hour long presentations in which two presenters share their lived experience with mental illness and their personal stories of recovery to reduce stigma and increase hope and help-seeking.

Asian / Pacific Islander Mental Health Resource Center

This resource center located in Moreno Valley, provides education, awareness, and stigma reduction regarding mental health that is culturally tailored for the Asian/PI community. They offer mental health support groups and seminars as well as linkage to community resources.

Inland So Cal Crisis and Suicide Helpline and 211

951-686-HELP (4357)
24/7 Crisis and suicide prevention hotline
Provides referrals and resource information (English) (Spanish)
Riverside County’s social media and digital campaign. The website has many resources for community members to access. There are downloadable mental wellness kits and tip sheets, the Mental Health Back to School Toolkit, and information about important campaigns such as May is Mental Health Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Take Action for Mental Health (English) (Spanish)
In October 2021, CalMHSA launched an update to the Each Mind Matters campaign. Moving to a more action-oriented approach, Take Action for Mental Health or Toma Acción, is the new name of California’s mental health movement and comes with a new look.

Parenting and Family Programs

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

An 8-week parent education program for parents and caregivers of children age 2-12 and adolescents age 12-16. Caregivers learn a variety of parenting skills and how to promote their child’s development.

Strengthening Families Program

This is a 14-week program for parents and families with children ages 6-11. The focus of the program is to help prevent teen problem behaviors and substance abuse, strengthen parenting skills, and build on family strengths.




Keeping Intergenerational Ties in Ethnic Families (KITE)

This is a 10-session parent education groups for Asian-American Pacific Islander parents with school-aged children and adolescents (6-17). The goal of the program is to improve the intergenerational relationship of families by increasing parents’ sense of self-efficacy and effective parenting of their children.  Additionally, the provider offers a variety of parent workshop topics that parents can attend.

  • Provider: Special Services for Groups
  • Serving: Western and Mid-County regions
  • Contact: Karen Lim
Celebrating Families! Strengthening the Circle

This program is designed for Native American families and consists of a 16-week class designed to work with every member of the family (ages 3 through adult). It integrates traditional Native American teachings to foster the development of safe, healthy, fulfilling and addiction-free individuals and families. Additional supports are available to participants through time-limited Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions.

  • Provider: Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc.
  • Serving: Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
  • Contact: Julie Andrews
Mamás y Bebés (Mothers and Babies)

An 8-week individual or group support program that is a mood management course provided during and after pregnancy for women at risk of post-partum depression.

  • Provider: Riverside Community Health Foundation 
  • Serving: Mid-County region
  • Contact: Terri Akens



Building Resiliency in African American Families (BRAAF)

An afterschool Rites of Passage program for middle school youth (ages 11-13) that is based upon the Nguzo Saba and RIPSO principles. This nine-month program will meet with the youth 3 days per week, for 3 hours per day. It also includes a parent component with a 5-week parenting class, ongoing parent support groups, and monthly parent empowerment meetings. A clinical component of CBT-based interventions is also offered for youth and their families as needed.


  • Provider: Families Achieving Success
  • Serving: Mid-County region 
  • Program Offered: Boys and Girls Program
  • Contact: Ms. Katie M. McClendon, BA, CPLC, CDVC
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  • Provider: Family Health and Support Network
  • Serving: Desert region
  • Program Offered: Boys and Girls Program
  • Contact: Tanaya Hall, Program Director


Peace 4 Kids

This program focuses on empowering youth with essential social skills, empathy training, character education, and anger management over two class periods per week, for up to 14 weeks. 

(This program is currently out for RFP)

Preschool Mobile Unit

Transitional Age Youth (TAY); Young Adults 16-25

TAY Resiliency Project

This dynamic project to provide services to Riverside County’s Transitional Age Youth is comprised of programs to improve mood, build coping skills and self-esteem, build social supports, and to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking.

Stress and Your Mood

An early intervention program used to reduce and treat depression. Provided over 12-20 sessions, in group or individual format.

Peer to Peer (Mentoring)

In the mentoring program, Peer Youth Specialists are trained as mentors to support participants who may be experiencing stress or need help with coping skills. Using a system of measurable goals and benchmarks, the one on one sessions are designed to encourage the mentees to be participants in their own success. Peer mentoring is a proven method in the development of positive coping skills and resiliency. Each mentee will meet weekly with the mentor for 32 sessions.

Coping and Skills Training (CAST)

A 9-session group (that can be offered twice a week) that helps participants build self-esteem (learning to appreciate self and others), make healthy decisions, monitor and set goals, practice personal control in managing moods, drug use and school smarts.

Speaker’s Bureau

30-45 minute presentations in which the Peer Youth Specialists share their personal stories of challenge and recovery as motivation for others who may be experiencing difficulty.

LGBTQ+ Support Groups

A 10-session psychoeducation support group.

Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program (TSAPP)

Trauma Focused Services

Seeking Safety (TAY/Adult)

An 8-week present focused, coping skills program designed to simultaneously help individuals with a history of trauma and substance abuse.

  • Provider: Operation Safehouse
  • Serving: TAY (ages 16-25) in Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
  • Contact: Nicole Watson


Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

This is a group intervention for youth ages 10-15 who have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including depression and anxiety caused by exposure to violence. It is a 10-week program to work with the youth, as well as incorporating youth and parent sessions. This is offered at selected school sites.

  • Provider: Jurupa Unified School District
  • Serving: JUSD students only at select site/locations
  • Contact: Crystal Garcia-Ruacho 
  • Provider: Operation Safehouse
  • Serving: Select campuses throughout Riverside County
  • Contact: Nicole Watson
  • Provider: Special Services for Groups
  • Serving: Moreno Valley USD
  • Contact: Jana Garret
  • Provider: Riverside Country Latino Commission
  • Serving: Coachella Valley USD
  • Contact: Alan Mora Lopez
  • Provider: Special Services for Groups
  • Serving: Moreno Valley USD
  • Contact: Jana Garret
  • Provider: Riverside County Latino Commission
  • Serving: Coachella Valley USD
  • Contact: Alan Mora Lopez

Older Adults

Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS)

Individual sessions over the course of 19-weeks for people 60 years or older who have minor depression. Utilizes an empowering and skill-building approach.

  • Provider: Inland Caregiver Resource Center
  • Serving: Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
  • Contact: 1 (800) 675-6694
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Late Life Depression (CBT-LLD)

An early intervention program that focuses on structured problem-solving to reduce depression and suicide risk in older adults (60 years+).

  • Provider: Inland Caregiver Resource Center
  • Serving: Western, Mid-County and Desert regions
  • Contact: 1 (800) 675-6694


  • Provider: The Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic at The Center
  • Serving: Desert region (specializing in services for the LGBTQ community)
  • Contact: (760) 416-7899
Care Pathways-Caregiver Support Groups

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