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USF Receives Funding for a National Technical Assistance Center on Youth Transition
Wednesday, January 1, 2003 In October 2002, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, awarded $2.3 million for the Partnerships for Youth Transition initiative, which funds five sites across the nation to develop and implement transition programs for youth with serious emotional disturbance (EBD) as they enter adulthood.
Creating Change and Keeping it Real: Report Reveals how Excellent Child-serving Organizations Carry out Their Goals
Thursday, December 12, 2002 Community-Based Theories of Change is a national study funded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS-SAMHSA) and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that is designed to address how human service organizations carry out their mission and goals, how they transfer their policy agendas across stakeholders, and how they sustain their service strategies over time. This report summarizes the cross-site findings of Community-Based Theories of Change and presents lessons learned across the three participating sites in 2002.
CFS Staff Ask: What Makes Children's Mental Health Services Successful?
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 Under the direction of Drs. Mario Hernandez and Sharon Hodges at the Department of Child and Family Studies, the Community-Based Theories of Change Study has recently completed Phase I, which involved conducting case studies at program-and system-level sites, gathering information on how organizations conceptualize, operationalize and implement community-based service policies, and how those organizations transfer policy agendas across stakeholders in local organizations.
Promising Center for Young Children Receives Additional 2.2 Million
Friday, November 15, 2002 Aggression. Noncompliance. Defiance. Tantrums. Destruction of Property. These are the challenging behaviors in young children that lead parents and caregivers to seek help. Sources of help may include child welfare, public health and mental health services, pediatricians, preschools, as well as early care and intervention programs. In the past, these agencies and service providers have had limited access to information about best practices for children with, or at risk for, behavioral problems and their families.
Latino Astronaut Frank Caldeiro Participates in USF's ENLACE Program
Sunday, November 10, 2002 For the past two years, the ENLACE program at USF has partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award program. This year, ENLACE middle school students spent a day at MOSI and met award recipient NASA astronaut Frank Caldeiro, who brought a strong message of staying in school and going to college in order to have a better life.
New Reports Profile Strategies That Deal with Safety in the Schools
Saturday, October 19, 2002 In an effort to make schools safer and help protect students from violent behavior and drug & alcohol use, the Clinton Administration allocated $100 million in grants to 54 communities. The goal of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HSI) is to link school systems with community-based services and prevention activities into one community-wide approach to violence prevention and healthy child development.
CFS's Richard Briscoe Receives Honor for Contributions to the African-American Community
Thursday, October 10, 2002 University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft will join the USF African-American Advisory Committee to honor six people for their commitment to the community on October 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lifsey House, USF Tampa.
October 29th Conference to Discuss Issues and Initiatives for Tampa Bay's 150,000 Young Adolescents
Saturday, October 5, 2002 Youth in the middle school, make-or-break years are faced with many physical, psychological and educational changes. With more than 150,000 youths within the ages of 10 and 14 now living in Hillsborough County, a conference has been scheduled October 29, 2002 to address the special needs of this age group.
Bringing Out the Best in Adolescents: Grant Recipients Present Successful Results
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 The USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities awards grants each year to USF faculty members who work with community partners on projects that address important issues relating to children and adolescents. Several projects recently completed show how the university and community can successfully work together for the good of these young people and their families.
CFS Evaluates Community-based Care in Florida: Report Now Online
Thursday, August 15, 2002 One of the Florida Department of Children & Families' (DCF) responses to ensuring the safety and well being of children in the child welfare system is the implementation of the Community-Based Care (CBC) initiative.
State Training Teams Meet to Discuss Challenging Behaviors Students Bring in Today's Classrooms
Thursday, August 8, 2002 At a recent meeting of the State Training Team Network of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Positive Behavioral Support (RRTC-PBS) held the week of August 19th, training teams from 23 states met to discuss ways in helping expand the support teachers, related services personnel, administrators, and family members need to address the challenging behaviors students bring in today's classrooms.
CFS Helps Communities Help Themselves
Thursday, November 22, 2001 Last July, federal funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy was provided to the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University to conduct research on access to health issues for the Latino population. One of the grant's six studies was proposed by CFS's Ricardo Contreras and Marlynn May of Texas A&M.
A Look at Children's Challenging Behaviors:OSEP Funds Two New Centers for DARES
Sunday, November 11, 2001 With drastically changing conditions for teaching and learning in both general and special education classes, the public demand for improved learning and behavioral outcomes has become more pressing, especially in the early school years. In order to address this issue, a new center, led by researchers at the University of Oregon, will collaborate with five research organizations (CFS is one) to conduct and coordinate research and demonstrations across 90 schools and five states. This five–year project will focus on children K-3 who are identified as having great difficulty learning to read or who exhibit serious problem behaviors.
HIPPY USA Selects Florida HIPPY Technical Assistance and Training Center as National Evaluator
Sunday, November 11, 2001 The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) was established in the United States in 1984 and now serves more than 15,000 families in many urban, suburban, or rural areas across the country. HIPPY goals include increasing the chances of positive early school experiences among children who may be educationally at risk, empower parents to view themselves as primary educators of their children, and create an educational environment in the home that encourages literacy.
Neighborhoods Show Positive Results From ChangeMakers and Puentes Collaborative Initiatives
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 Under the umbrella of the Tampa Hillsborough Integrated Network for Kids (THINK) project, The EQUIPO: Puentes Parents and ChangeMaker's of Neighborhoods United groups have been busy with numerous training activities. Designed to bring together formal and informal helpers of children with serious emotional disturbances and their families, the EQUIPO/ChangeMakers are working to create avenues to encourage neighborhood-based care. One of the avenues is relying on informal/natural helpers – people living within the neighborhood who naturally provide emotional and moral support to other families in need. Since they are in a better position to establish links with families, these informal helpers work closely with formal service providers.

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