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 has been provided by Florida Department of Children and Families and the JEHT Foundation.


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


*The 2016 DCF Governor's Executive Order has been posted under Document Library: Florida Resources*

*Upcoming Webinar*

Promoting Positive Futures: Evidence-Based Practices
 in Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health
The webinar is sponsored by SAMHSA and OJJDP and will focus on evidence-based approaches to support justice-involved youth with mental health difficulties, including co-occurring disorders. Presenters will discuss the national Reclaiming Futures initiative that promotes social justice- and equity-oriented outcomes for justice-involved youth. 
Webinar Available: November 1, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM
go to Web Resources --> Training Opportunities 

*Funding Opportunities*

Multi-System Collaboration Training and
 Technical Assistance Program 
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with OJJDP's Center for Coordinated Assistance to the States, has issued a request for applications from jurisdictions seeking to engage in multi-system improvement efforts. The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk and justice-involved youth and their families. 

For more information, visit: 
Or Web Resources--> Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline: November 11, 2016

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse 
Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts
SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts. 
For more information visit: SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts
Or Web Resources --> Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline: December 12, 2016

The next scheduled USF-CJMHSA TA Center quarterly conference call TBD.

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. 


The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to provide funding under the Program to counties which they may use to plan, implement, or expa...