The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) team, which is part of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, released a Request for Information (RFI) on community needs for mental health, particularly the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression. The CIAPM team invited the public to share their perspectives through this RFI from July 17 through August 18, 2023.

The RFI is now closed. The CIAPM team thanks everyone who submitted a response to the RFI and is grateful to have the opportunity to hear community perspectives. In addition to the RFI, CIAPM held listening sessions throughout the state in partnership with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and the Office of the Surgeon General. The feedback received from the RFI and listening sessions is helping the CIAPM team develop the scope of an upcoming request for research proposals on precision medicine approaches to study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression to be launched in Fall 2023. Please stay tuned for updates.

The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine supports collaborative research and fosters partnerships between the State, researchers, patients, communities, and industry to improve health outcomes for Californians. Precision medicine considers the whole person, such as their age, ethnicity/race, gender, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. Providing the right treatment or prevention strategy at the right time for the right patient leads to optimal health outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the research can focus on any aspect of depression prevention, diagnosis, or treatment.
Yes, the RFP will include the criteria for a competitive proposal.
No. Our approach to precision medicine acknowledges the whole person and considers all factors that affect their health such as environmental, genetic, societal, and molecular factors.
The RFI responses may help inform CIAPM in developing the scope of the RFP, in addition to literature research.
Yes, you can view all the questions in the Request for Information (RFI) that also includes additional information explaining the RFI.
The research funding is for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of depression. We recognize that people with depression may have other mental health and physical health conditions, therefore including other conditions may be considered.

For More Information

David Reiner, PhD
David Reiner is a Science Officer within the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine.