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 and analyzed statewide involuntary (Baker Act) examination data for over two decades. The BARC is the only Center of its kind in the country. As of 2018, The BARC also receives petitions, orders, and treatment plans for involuntary inpatient placement and involuntary outpatient services from County Clerks of Court statewide.

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.

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. 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.