About Us

The Florida legislature designated the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), as a site for the Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center. The Florida Mental Health Institute is a research and training center within the University of South Florida with a long history of collaborative relationships with state and local government. *2015 Florida Legislative language can be found under "web resources."*

Funding for the CJMHSA Technical Assistance Center and website is provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families.


Contact Us:

TA Center Director

Mark Engelhardt
Email: mengelhardt@usf.edu

Program Director

Karen Mann
Email: kem2@usf.edu

Social/Behavioral Research

Katelind Halldorsson
Email: katelind@usf.edu


You can find the document linked above or in our Document Library under Criminal Justice Issues: Prisoner Reentry. 

***Funding Opportunities*** 

DCF has released a new RFA for the CJMHSA Reinvestment Grant Program. The advertisement details are linked below:

DCF Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant

Application deadline: May 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a funding opportunity announcement, linked below:

SAMHSA Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI)

Application deadline: April 25, 2017


FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive strategies in response to the growing opioid epidemic. The grant announcement is linked below:

Application deadline: April 25, 2017

What We Do 

  • Provide technical assistance to counties in preparing a grant application.
  • Assist applicant counties in projecting the effect of the proposed intervention on the population of the county detention facility.
  • Assist applicant counties in monitoring the effect of a grant award on the criminal justice system in the county.
  • Disseminate and share evidence-based and best practices among grantees and statewide.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for information and resources related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse.
  • Available to coordinate and assist State interagency work groups for criminal and juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Use grant outcomes to inform State and local policy, including budgets and system plans. 


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