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

DCF Procurement Manager

Michele Staffieri
Email: michele.staffieri@myflfamilies.com


*Upcoming Workshop*

The Ethical Prevention Professional in the 21st Century
The Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office (SAMH) in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) are offering a free training. For this training, approximately 5.5 CEUs are available at no cost. Click the links below for more information. 

The workshop is  being offered in three locations: 

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

Previous conference call presentations can be found under the document library.

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.