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The mission of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute is to improve the lives of people with mental, addictive, and developmental disorders through research, training, and education. Established by the Florida legislature in 1967, the Institute is recognized as Florida's premier research and training center for behavioral health services and is a recognized national leader. FMHI's behavioral health research and training projects are supported mostly through grants and contracts, with about $26 million in new awards during the last fiscal year alone. Read more.

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  • MHLP Faculty Receive Research Awards
    Scott Young, PhD (PI), and Kathleen Moore, PhD (Co-PI), will serve as the research partners for a three-year grant awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). The overall grant is $750,000 ($250,000/year), with USF receiving $120,000 ($40,000/year). Grant funds will be used to develop and implement collaborative efforts between FDC, Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit Courts, Pinellas County Sherriff's Office, State Attorney's Office, and Public Defender's Office to deploy an Alternative Sanctions Program (ASP) that utilizes evidence-based practices focused on employment placement, substance abuse treatment, and skills training for offenders on probation. Goals are to reduce victimization and recidivism, and ultimately to strengthen our communities.
  • Engelhardt Appointed to SAMHSA's National Expert Panel on Permanent Supportive Housing
    Mark Engelhardt (MHLP) was recently appointed to SAMHSA's national Expert Panel to review and update the SAMHSA Evidenced-Based Practices (EBP) Tool Kit on Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for person with mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Facilitated by SAMHSA and Advocates for Human Potential, ten U.S. experts have been identified to share their real world experience in translating and implementing the PSH Tool Kit since it was officially released in 2010. Meetings will be help virtually through video camera and audio for a year. MHLP has been utilizing the SAMHSA Tool Kit since it's draft stages 10 years ago through the DCF PATH Training and Technical assistance contract throughout Florida. Mark Engelhardt and Jim Winarski use SAMHSA's EBP (Evidence-based Practices) as the core curriculum for most of their trainings along with the U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision and principles of consumer-directed recovery. Future directions for the Tool Kit will most likely involve expanding target populations and the EBP "Housing First".
  • FMHI Faculty Attend Roundtable on Suicide Prevention Among Veterans
    Following the release of startling statistics, several Florida agencies gathered to showcase outreach efforts designed to help prevent suicide among our nation's veterans. Steve Roggenbaum, MA, Dr. Colleen Clark and Dr. Larry Schonfeld of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) along with CBCS Dean Julie Serovich participated in this event, titled the "Veterans Roundtable on Suicide Prevention and Treatment," which was called by United States Representative Kathy Castor. The event, which was held October 27, 2014 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, focused on tackling tough problems, such as preventing suicide, treating Veterans who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, and treating Veterans who have attempted suicide.
  • WFLA profiles two CBCS programs working together to fast track children on the Autism spectrum into mainstream schools.
    This collaborative effort between the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters is getting global attention.