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


SAMHSA has posted a new webinar for September 7th 2016. Click below to register.

** Please be advised that DCF has posted the RFP for Forensic Multidisciplinary Team (FMT) services in Hillsborough County has been posted. The RFP can be found under Document Library --> Florida Resources** 

** Please be advised that DCF has posted a new RFA for a Centralized Receiving Systems Grant and a corresponding Addendum. The RFA and Addendum can be found under Document Library --> Florida Resources**

**Please be advised that DCF has published addenda to the CJMHSA Reinvestment Grant RFA.**

Addendum 2 provides written responses to inquiries submitted by stakeholders.

Addendum 3 provides technical revisions clarifying details in several required forms: Appendices C, E and I. 

The 2016-2019 CJMHSA Reinvestment Grant RFA and the addenda can be accessed at the link below:

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. 


On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), released the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JM...