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Mental Health and Substance Abuse


Project Title: Behavioral Health Screening for Student Veterans

Lawrence Schonfeld, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Professor and Interim Executive Director, USF Florida Mental Health Institute

Project Description: This is an exploratory study to identify the prevalence of substance use and mental health problems among USF student veterans as well as to develop methods to refer those in need to appropriate services. In addition, the study is exploring development of a "registry" to which student veterans can sign up to participate in research studies being conducted by USF faculty and students.

Collaborators: USF Office of Veterans Services and James A. Haley VA Hospital's Center of Excellence for Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes.

Funding Source: USF Research & Innovation Internal Award Program

Funding: $40,000.

Funding Period: May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012

For more information:

Larry Schonfeld, Ph.D. Email: schonfeld@fmhi.usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-1946

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/facultyStaff/pfocus.cfm?focusid=377


 


Project Title: Florida SAMHSA Justice Diversion Trauma Recovery with Priority to Veterans Project

Colleen Clark, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, USF Department of Mental Health Law & Policy and Annette Christy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, USF Department of Mental Health Law & Policy.

Description: Florida is one of 13 states to receive Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) funding to divert veterans from the criminal justice system to trauma informed care. Florida is focusing on the development of a veteran peer certification, the inclusion of veteran peer mentors in the diversion, the use of evidence based practice for trauma informed care, all with a focus on diversion of veterans at sequential intercept 2 (initial hearing and detention).

Collaborators: Advocates for Human Potential (coordinating center for evaluations); CMHS National GAINS Center

Funding source: Federal flow through from SAMHSA via a contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families

Funding: $390,000

Funding Period: November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010

For more information:

Annette Christy, Ph.D. Email: achristy@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-7419

Websites:

http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350

http://www.flcertificationboard.org/Certifications_Certified-Recovery-Peer-Specialist_Veteran.cfm


 


Project Title: Refuge in Transition, Treatment for Homeless Services in Supported Housing

Colleen Clark, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, USF Department of Mental Health Law & Policy and Kathleen Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor, USF Department of Mental Health Law & Policy.

Description: Working with local community agencies ACTS and MHC, this is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) funding to house people labeled "public inebriates" and who have a history of being chronically homeless with an evidence based practice called Critical Time Intervention. The project has a priority of serving Veterans.

Collaborators: ACTS, MHC, SAMHSA

Funding source: Federal flow through from SAMHSA via a contract with the ACTS

Funding: $350,000

Funding Period: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2015

For more information:

Colleen Clark, Ph.D. Email: cclark8@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-9022



The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans was established by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help assist the Secretary's plan to end homelessness among Veterans. University of South Florida is a major partner in the Center and numerous projects address the policy, research, training & dissemination, and model implementation goals of the Center. USF Center projects include:


Project Title: Evaluating Housing and Housing Services for Homeless Veterans


Colleen Clark, Ph. D. PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Project Description: This study evaluates community–based housing and housing services for homeless veterans, especially those with problems with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Faculty will define key features of housing and housing services by reviewing the literature and interviewing stakeholders to determine criteria measuring these features, refining and validating the criteria and their measurements and conduct assessments to describe housing options.

Funding Source: Department of Veteran Affairs

Funding: $500,000

Funding Period: September 1, 2009 – February 29, 2012

For more information:

Colleen Clark, Ph.D. Email: cclark8@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-9022

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans – Policy, Training, and Dissemination Initiatives


Colleen Clark, Ph. D. PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Description: This project involves assisting Center staff and the VA in developing policy briefs and disseminating and training in areas relevant to ending homelessness including prevention, Housing First, alcoholism, and women Veterans.

Collaborators: Paul Smits, MSW, University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Roger Casey, Ph.D. and Vincent Kane, MSW, Department of Veterans Affairs,

Funding: This project includes funding for this initiative as well as the four following ones: $645,931

Funding Period: December 1, 2009 – September 30, 2011

Funding Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

For more information:

Colleen Clark, Ph. D., Email: cclark8@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-9022

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans - Justice Involved Veterans Studies


Annette Christy, Ph.D., Sub-Study PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Description: This project involves issues of justice-involved veterans as part a larger contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs that focuses on veterans with housing issues. This specific project involves analyses of secondary data for health and social services of veterans in multiple systems for a cohort of veterans released from jails and prisons. It also includes examination of models of peer mentorship, such as those used in Veterans Courts, as well as improvement of items used to screen for military/veterans status for inclusion in data at a variety of providers.

Collaborators: Jim McGuire, Ph.D. VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center; Stephen Metraux, Ph.D., & Dennis Culhane, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Jeffrey Draine, Ph.D. Temple University; John Schinka, Ph.D. James Haley VA Hospital.

Funding Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

For more information:

Annette Christy, Ph.D., Email: achristy@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-7419

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans – Safe Havens Evaluations


M. Scott Young, Ph.D., Sub-Study PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Description: This project involves the development, evaluation and relevant training of a model of low demand transitional housing new to the VA called Safe Havens to address the issue of difficult to engage Veterans who are chronically homeless and have severe behavioral health disorders.

Collaborators: Kathleen Moore, Ph.D., Paul Smits, MSW, Colleen Clark, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy

Funding Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

For more information:

M. Scott Young, Ph.D., Email: syoung1@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-8734

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans – HUD-VASH & Housing First Initiative


Mark Engelhardt, MSW., Sub-Study PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Description: This project involves the development, evaluation and relevant training of a model of low demand permanent housing called Housing First to address the issue of difficult to engage Veterans who are chronically homeless and have severe behavioral health disorders. Mr. Engelhardt was initially involved in the reviewing the VA's largest permanent housing project in conjunction with HUD – HUD- VASH. In part due to the findings of this review, the VA has adopted the Housing First policy approach and the USF team is working to help them establish this model throughout the country.

Collaborators: Paul Smits, MSW, Colleen Clark, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Roger Casey, Ph.D. and Vincent Kane, MSW, Department of Veterans Affairs, Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. Pathways of New York.

Funding Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

For more information:

Mark Engelhardt, MSW., Email: mengelhardt@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-0769

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans – Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRC's).


Jim Winarski, MSW., Sub-Study PI, USF Department of Mental Health Law and Policy

Description: This project involves the development, evaluation and relevant training of a model of community networking with one-stop resource centers for homeless people called Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRC's).

Collaborators: Paul Smits, MSW, Colleen Clark, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Roger Casey, Ph.D. and Vincent Kane, MSW, Department of Veterans Affairs,

Funding Source: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

For more information:

Jim Winarski, MSW., Email: jwinarski@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-6490

Website: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/research/rdetail.cfm?prid=350


Project Title: Research Analyses on Elderly Homeless Veterans


Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, USF School of Aging Studies

Description: The goals of this research are to provide a comprehensive statistical description of the characteristics of the elderly homeless veteran population and changes in characteristics over time, estimate the economic impact of homelessness on elderly veteran's use of Veteran Affairs (VA) healthcare resources, and examine factors influencing the quality of care delivered to homeless elderly veterans. The data derived from this research will be used to guide VA Homeless Programs and Office of Mental Health Services in planning and developing policy and programmatic strategic plans for 5-year initiatives that will assist elderly homeless Veterans or those elderly Veterans who are at-risk for homelessness.

Collaborators: Victor Molinari, Ph.D. and Kathryn Frahm, Ph.D., USF School of Aging Studies; Lawrence Schonfeld, Ph.D. USF Florida Mental Health Institute, John Schinka, James A. Haley VA Hospital.

Source of Funding: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

Funding: $268,926

Period: December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2012

For more information:

Lisa M. Brown Email: lmb@usf.edu Phone: (813) 974-0098

Website: http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCenter.asp


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The USF Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee is co-Chaired by Lt. General Martin Steele (USMC Retired), Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, Executive Director, USF Military Partnerships and Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., USF Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation.

Lt. General Martin Steele (USMC Retired)
Associate Vice President for Veterans Research
Executive Director, USF Military Partnerships
 
Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation

Committee members from USF include representatives of six colleges (Arts & Sciences, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and The Arts), USF Office of Veterans Services, Undergraduate Studies, USF Division of Research & Innovation and the USF/Draper Laboratories collaborative. Committee members from the VA represent the Veterans Integrated Services Network 8 (VISN-8) including the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The Department of Defense has representation from Strategic Operations Command at MacDill AFB.   » VR Steering Committee



 

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