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 is provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families.


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


*CJMHSA Reinvestment Grantees Announced*

Click the link below for the grant award announcement:

 CJMHSA Notice of Award

*Funding Opportunities*

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

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 disproportionate number of people with behavioral health disorders involved in the criminal justice system puts a tremendous strain on scarce pub...