MHLP conducts cutting edge research in areas impacting mental health, behavior and the laws concerning such. The centers listed highlight some of the populations we serve.
Baker Act Reporting Center
In collaboration with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Baker Act Reporting Center has received statewide data on involuntary civil commitments of the mentally ill and Baker Act examinations since 1997. The Baker Act Reporting Center has records for over a half million civil commitment examinations. The Center produces annual reports for ACHA and other reports for the state legislature, treatment providers, and researchers.
Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice and Research
Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research supports the recruitment and development of three junior investigators in biomedical research relevant to NIH. It provides research support, internal mentors at USF, external mentors at NIDA-supported Research Centers (CJDATS-2 Network) conference travel, pilot research funds, and limited requirements for teaching assignments during the first four years.
CJMHSA Technical Assistance Center
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.
Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program
In 2005, the Florida Legislature authorized the implementation of the “Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health (MDTMP),” a program whose goal is to work collaboratively with prescribers in the Medicaid program to improve the quality and efficiency of the prescribing of mental health drugs, and to improve the health outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries with a mental illness.
National Center on Homelessness Among Veteran
The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans at the University of South Florida's primary goal is to develop, promote, and enhance policy, clinical care research and education to improve homeless services so that veterans may live as independently and self-sufficiently as possible in a community of their choosing.
The Policy and Services Research Data Center
The Policy and Services Research Data Center (PSRDC), directed by Charles Dion, M.A., informs public policy and program development through the timely compilation, integration, and analysis of administrative and other data, and strives to be a leader in management, organization, and dissemination of information on health and mental health issues.
The Training Consortium
The Child Welfare Training Consortium at the University of South Florida provides quality support to Human Services Professionals across Florida and the nation. Support services include child welfare trainer preparation and certification, child welfare pre-service training, professional development, in-service training, curriculum design and development consultation, and technical assistance.
UTC Coordinating Center
Recognizing the need to provide evidence-based training for practitioners in the field of addiction prevention and treatment, the Colombo Plan and the U.S. Department of State/INL supported the development of the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) and the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC). The UPC and UTC have now been disseminated globally through professional training activities and a structured certification process.