Center Overview

MHLP conducts cutting edge research in areas impacting mental health, substance use, and related policy and legal issues. The Centers listed highlight some of the populations we serve.

Baker Act Reporting Center

The Baker Act Reporting Center (BARC) has received, processed & analyzed statewide involuntary exam data for 20+ years from Baker Act receiving facilities statewide. As of 2018, The BARC receives petitions & orders for involuntary inpatient placement & involuntary outpatient services from Clerks of Court. The BARC will enter data from ~250,000 documents in 2020. The BARC receives forms on behalf of DCF to produce statutorily required reports.

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 (CJMHSA TAC). The CJMHSA TAC provides training and technical assistance to grantee communities throughout the state with a focus on improving systems that serve individuals with mental health, substance use, and criminal justice involvement.

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.

myPATH Collaborative

myPATH is a patient-centered Partnership Addressing Trauma and Healing and consists of a group of individuals with lived experience of trauma, providers, administrators, and researchers who are working together to plan and do research on interventions that will help primary care patients who have experienced traumatic events to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being.

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 mission of the Stigma Action Research (STAR) Lab is to conduct community-engaged research in the area of stigma reduction, with a special emphasis on the stigma surrounding behavioral health conditions, which produces findings and identifies actions leading to real world impact.

The Training Consortium

The Child Welfare Training Consortium at the University of South Florida provides quality support to Human Services Professionals across Florida. Training services include child welfare trainer preparation, child welfare pre-service training, professional development, in-service training, curriculum design, training development consultation, and technical assistance for special projects.

UTC Coordinating Center

Recognizing the need to provide evidence-based training for practitioners in the field of addiction prevention and treatment, and for expansion of related academic programs, the Colombo Plan and the U.S. Department of State/INL support the UTC Coordinating Center for North American Universities in dissemination of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) to universities in the U.S. and Canada, and to develop a regional network of universities.