USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences                                                   April 11 - 17, 2016

MHLP Faculty Receive 2016 USF Diversity Award

Drs. Kathleen Moore and Scott Young of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy have been honored with the 2016 USF Diversity Award for their work with local drug courts. Moore and Young have collaborated with the Department of Justice, the Department of Corrections, and both the 6th and 13th Judicial Courts of Hillsborough and Pinellas County for their work in helping persons with substance use and mental health issues receive treatment under court supervision, with the goal of reconnecting with their families, work, and community. Moore and Young have applied evidence-based practices in helping develop service systems to divert those with substance use, mental health, and behavioral healthcare issues from jail and into treatment-based settings.

In the last decade, Moore and Young have been involved in over 20 projects focusing in drug court, jail diversion, homelessness, and substance use prevention. "Our findings have helped shape current policies and procedures for court and treatment programs and has had an impact on the community," said Moore. "The goal of these programs is to change clients' behaviors from unhealthy to healthy and be productive individuals in our community." "Scott and I are very honored and delighted to have won the USF Diversity Award. It means a lot to us that our work in the community is being recognized," said Moore.

CFS Assistant in Research to Speak at Mayor's Youth Leadership Council Event on Depression and Suicide Prevention

Every year over 1000 college students take their lives. The goal of this event is to raise awareness and make sure young people know there is no shame in seeking help. Steve Roggenbaum, MA, has provided training, consultation, and evaluation in suicide prevention and in programs for children with emotional disturbances. The presentation on April 13 will be his fourth presentation on youth suicide prevention in the last month.

MHLP Faculty Research Associate Presents at National Conference
Mark Engelhardt MS, MSW, ACSW, recently presented at the National Housing First Partners conference in Los Angeles, Ca. The focus of this conference was on "Taking Housing First to Scale". Housing First is a an international evidenced-based practice that assists people with mental illness and /or substance use disorders who are homeless access immediate housing with intensive support services. Mr. Engelhardt's presentation; "Global Education and Research Dissemination on Housing First" is also the centerpiece of the CBCS/MHLP Ireland Study Abroad Program: Policy, Planning & Practices - Solutions to Homelessness in the U.S. and Ireland/Europe. The Founder of Housing First, Dr. Sam Tsemberis, is a collaborating faculty with USF on the Ireland program which will begin on May 24th at USF, with classes continuing at Trinity College, Dublin and throughout Ireland. Mr. Engelhardt has organized a series of international speakers/experts and field experience for the students while in Ireland.
Town Hall Discussion on Anti-bullying to be Held April 18th

Join "The Blind Side" star Quinton Aaron and Hillsborough community leaders for an important Town Hall discussion on anti-bullying. Dr. Tom Massey, CFS Professor and Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee Chair, will help to host the event. Flyer... Brochure...

ABA Students Present Community Applications of Behavior Analysis

Save the Date! Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00 - 5:00pm. The USF Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum follows the experience guidelines of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board, which requires 1,000 total hours of practicum experience. Join the students on April 26 as they share some of their research experience while working at their practicum site. Invitation...

CBCS In the News

DOJ: Inequalities still present in juvenile court system
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Michael Leiber of the University of South Florida, who has been monitoring equal protection, reported Dec. 18 that there "continues to exist a serious lack of movement in addressing DMC (disproportionate minority contact) and equal protection."


Dealing with autism
Fox 13 News
... the USF center for autism and related disabilities are looking to make things easy for the parents....


Racial disparities in SF traffic searches raise concerns of bias
"A lower hit rate for ethnic minorities is a red flag for bias," said Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida who participated in a previous analysis of SFPD stop data in 2007. "It's not conclusive, because nothing is, but it is certainly a statistic that should lead to questions."

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