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CFS's Richard Briscoe Receives Community Leadership Award
Sunday, May 25, 2003 Congratulations to CFS's Richard Briscoe, who recently received the Community Leadership Award at the Seventh Annual Harvest of Hope Awards Celebration, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope, Inc.
Children's Mental Health Services: Finding Help In Your Own Back Yard
Monday, May 5, 2003 Recognizing that informal helping networks already exist within many neighborhoods and communities, the EQUIPO project has developed specialized training for "natural helpers" such as neighbors and family members to enable them to partner with formal service providers in an effort to establish a comprehensive neighborhood system of care. This training focuses on the fundamentals of collaboration, community building, and team work.
Special Issue on Children's Mental Health Policy Guest Edited by CFS's Mario Hernandez
Friday, April 4, 2003 In March, the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders released a special issue on children's mental health policy. Guest edited by Department of Child and Family Studies' faculty member Mario Hernandez, this issue addresses the impact of values and principles inherent in the systems of care (SOC) approach on formation of national child mental health policy.
Center for the Study of Children's Futures Releases Latest Information on Florida's Children and Teen Mothers
Friday, April 4, 2003 Two new publications at the Center for the Study of Children's Futures, located within the Department of Child and Family Studies, reveal the latest information gathered on Florida's children and teen mothers.
When Evidence-based Practice Leaves Home: The Relationship Between Culture and Fidelity
Monday, March 3, 2003 What does it takes to disseminate and implement programs nationally in ways that enhance fidelity and cultural competence? On March 5 & 6, a meeting organized by the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), and supported financially by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, consisted of cultural competency experts and evidence-based practitioners who worked together in finding answers to this question.
Findings Reveal Success for Early Intervention School Readiness Program
Sunday, February 2, 2003 New research findings on Florida's families were announced at the recent statewide conference of The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program. The HIPPY program is designed to increase vulnerable children's success in school, and the numbers on increased reading in the home reflect parents' increased confidence in their abilities to be teachers for their children.
Bringing Out the Best in Students Brings Out the Best in Behavior at Three Hillsborough Elementary Schools
Sunday, February 2, 2003 In today's classrooms, through the use of Positive Behavior Support (PBS), good behavior, instead of bad, gets the recognition. Through specific praise such as "Students, I like the way you are working together quietly," and "Thank you Sara for listening to the lesson," PBS programs work to define, teach, and support appropriate behaviors. PBS establishes a culture of competence within schools where students are more likely to support appropriate behavior and discourage inappropriate actions by their peers. The students not only receive recognition for good conduct during the school day, but are rewarded with special incentives and activities throughout the year.
Friedman Key Speaker for the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care
Sunday, February 2, 2003 Department of Child and Family Studies Chair and Professor Robert Friedman, PhD, was a key speaker at a workshop Feb. 7 by the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care at the Park Plaza/Westshore Hotel in Tampa.
The Health Care Reform and Tracking Project Issues New Promising Approaches Series
Friday, January 10, 2003 Tracking Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Publicly-Financed Managed Care Systems, written by Shelia A. Pires, is the first paper in a new series of the Health Care Reform and Tracking Project (HCRTP) co-funded by two federal agencies —the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Education.
CFS Staff Gear Up for Two New Projects
Friday, January 10, 2003 The management of two "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs" (GEAR UP), which are funded by the US Department of Education and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, have recently been transferred from the Florida Community Partnership Center to the Department of Child and Family Studies(CFS) at USF.
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.

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