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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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  • Numbers show surge in Baker Act exams of kids in Tampa Bay area
    The University of South Florida's de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute receives statewide Baker Act data. A report compiled for the Tampa Bay Times includes totals, by county, of initiated Baker Acts in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Hernando.
  • Cycle of crisis
    A 2016 University of South Florida study of seriously mentally ill adults with complex problems, such as drug addiction or homelessness, found no evidence of "personalized assertive follow-up" after a Baker Act to ensure patients weren't jailed or hospitalized again.

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