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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 Begin Work on DCF PATH Contract
    Mark Engelhardt (PI) and Jim Winarski have begun work on their new three year, $269,000 executed contract with the Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office in Tallahassee. This statewide training and technical assistance contract is part of the federal PATH - Projects to Assist Persons Transition from Homelessness initiative training 23 PATH providers throughout the state Regional DCF SAMH Offices, Managing Entities, service users, people in recovery, homeless coalitions and four State Treatment Facilities (state mental health civil hospitals).
  • 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.
  • New FMHI Executive Director Named
    Dean Serovich announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Armstrong to the position of Executive Director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute effective immediately. Dr. Armstrong joined USF in 1995 as the Director of the Division of State and Local Support in the Department of Child and Family Studies. Prior to joining FMHI, she was the Director of the Bureau of Children and Families (1986 - 1995) and the Director of the Children and Adolescent Service System Program (1985-86) for the New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr. Armstrong has a PhD and MSW in Social Work as well as an MBA. Dr. Armstrong has obtained over $4 million in external funding to support her research in children's mental health.
  • FMHI to Host 40th Anniversary Event
    The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute will host a 40th Anniversary celebration on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. During the event, the following pioneers in behavioral health will be recognized: Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann (Life Time Achievement Award), Judge Dee Anna Farnell (Outstanding Leadership in Behavioral Health), Judge Steven Leifman (Innovator Award), and Representative Patrick Kennedy (Humanitarian Service Award).
  • USF Announces New Online Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis
    The University of South Florida now offers a new, comprehensive online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs. ABA can help create treatment plans and supportive environments for children and adults living with a disability, mental illness, or behavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD or addiction.
  • First Cohort of Scholars in Translational Research Share Research Plans
    The certificate program is a collaborative effort between the College of Public Health and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and local adolescent-serving community agencies.