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Lessons for a Caring Community: CFS Goes to Summer School
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 In order to promote and provide a more stable environment for special needs adoptive children, the Office of Family Safety within the Department of Children and Families has provided $158,563 for CFS's Banyan Family Center to conduct training at eight Florida sites for adoptive families, professionals, and Departmental staff.
CARD Selects Partners for New Program
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 The Family Community Partner Program (FCP) is a collaborative project developed by CARD-USF to help train community partners who, like Susan, are family members of an individual with autism, share and understand CARD's values, and are connected to their local support community.
Tracking THINK: Year Three Arrives
Saturday, May 5, 2001 According to the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 20, or as many as 3 million young people, may have a serious emotional disturbance that impairs their ability to function at an age-appropriate level. Unfortunately, an estimated two thirds of the young people who need mental health services in the US are not getting them. And, just as disturbing, CMHS states that many of the nation's 54,000 children with serious emotional disturbances currently treated in hospitals and residential treatment facilities "would be better served in less restrictive, community-based facilities within an integrated system of care."
CFS Works with 11-Year-Old Who Dreams of Treating All Kids the Same
Thursday, April 12, 2001 When the Children's Board of Hillsborough County Youth as Resources division asked for proposals for student-driven community projects, CFS's (The Department of Child and Family Studies) Marjorie Russell knew the perfect young person to take part. His name is Alvin Hamilton.
RTC Research Conference Hits All-time Attendance Record!
Sunday, March 11, 2001 The 14th Annual Research Conference-A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base was held at the Hyatt Regency Westshore in Tampa February 25-28. With almost 700 attendees, the conference included nearly 200 presentations that were all geared toward understanding and refining methods for strengthening children's mental health service systems.
CFS Team Works to Enhance Resiliency for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Sunday, March 11, 2001 The AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) states 560,000 children were in foster care nationally in 1998. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, between 9,500 and 10,000 children are in foster care each month in the state of Florida. Some have been there only a few days, while others have been there as many as four years, and some their whole lives. These children, of all ages and from all backgrounds, bring emotional, and sometimes physical scars that don't go away. For many, it is a struggle to heal, not only from their reasons for being removed from their homes, but also from the removal itself.
CFS Helps Develop Model to Engage Urban Families
Saturday, March 3, 2001 In an effort to help at-risk children and their families develop skills for improving mental health and educational outcomes, CFS staff members Kathy Armstrong and Mario Hernandez, along with USF developmental pediatrician Jim Scott have secured funding from the Casey Foundation for Families are First Teachers: A Demonstration Project for Engaging Urban Families to Support Infants and Young Children with Challenging Behaviors. Children from six weeks to five years of age will be served at Luther Village, a subsidized neighborhood childcare center located within a Hillsborough County neighborhood commonly referred as "Suitcase City." In this area, many families face the challenges of high poverty, low employment opportunities, drug abuse, crime, and a lack of transportation.
CFS's Reaching Out Together Reaches Goal!
Friday, February 9, 2001 Last summer, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council provided funding for CFS to help increase the number of service providers for people with developmental disabilities in the Tampa Bay area. Under section 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act, Federal regulations permit medicaid home and community based service waiver programs to serve the elderly, persons with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental retardation or mental illness. States are afforded the flexibility to develop community-based treatment alternatives such as case management, homemaker/home health aide services, personal care services, adult day health, habilitation, and respite care at costs no higher than that of institutional care. This allows individuals to preserve their independence and ties to family and friends. With the new waiver regulations in effect, the number of persons served has doubled, and has greatly increased the need for additional service providers.
CFS Heads Analysis Group for Children's Board
Friday, February 2, 2001 Research has confirmed that caregiver interactions with young children - and the experiences they provide them - greatly impact the child's emotional development, learning skills, and how they function later in life. Sadly, many children in Hillsborough County, as elsewhere, are exposed to stressful conditions during this critical period of infancy to preschool when brain development is rapid and most vulnerable to the environmental influences such as family instability, poor neighborhoods, family and community violence, substa nce abuse and mental illness.
CARD Sites Come Together With Their Constituency
Friday, February 2, 2001 The CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) eighth annual conference for people with autism, deaf-blindness and related challenges was held January 12-14 in Fort Lauderdale. Co-sponsored by Florida's CARD sites, Florida Outreach Project for Individuals with Deaf-Blindness, and the Autism Society of Florida, the conference continues to grow, and this year 600 attendees were provided information on state-of-the-art practices in areas promoting inclusive life-styles.
Children's Board of Hillsborough County Sends Change-Makers Participants to Community Development Workshop
Wednesday, January 10, 2001 The Community Partnership Center at the University of Tennessee conducted a workshop November 30 &endash; December 3 in Knoxville Tennessee for practitioners, researchers, and community organizers wanting to build public participation in community development, community youth development, as well as community health and environmental projects. The Children's Board of Hillsborough County provided funding so that CFS's Ricardo Contreras and six Plant City residents who currently participate in the evaluation team of the Change-Makers project were able to participate. Change-Makers is a Plant City training program which seeks to improve social support networks among families involved in the children's mental health delivery system.
US DOE Helps DARES Support Pasco Schools
Tuesday, January 9, 2001 DARES (The Division of Applied Research and Educational Support) has teamed up with Pasco County Schools and the Family Network on Disabilities to develop a model that will help increase the amount and the quality of parental participation in the school's processes of functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). FBA is a process for describing environmental influences on behavior of professionals and caregivers, and guides the development of effective and efficient behavior support plans. It is the foundation of positive behavioral support, representing a preferred practice for all students, especially those with problem behaviors.
CFS Completes Evaluation of Medicaid Services for Children's Mental Health
Monday, January 1, 2001 In the last ten years, as the importance of the Medicaid program has increased within the mental health system in Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) has introduced a number of initiatives designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Medicaid program.
CFS Looks at Programs for Girls of Pinellas County
Friday, November 10, 2000 During the early 1990's, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) began to notice that things were changing within their system. A growing number of females were being admitted to detention facilities, placed on community control, and committed to the DJJ throughout Florida. As departmental policy, programs and funding had traditionally focused on the issues and needs of delinquent males, very few programs were in existence for females. It became necessary for the DJJ to focus on the needs of girls within their system, and in 1997 they received federal funding through an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Challenge Grant to launch the Girls Initiative statewide.
Summit Brings Together Community & USF
Tuesday, October 10, 2000 The University of South Florida's Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities will sponsor a summit on Monday, November 6th from 1-6:30pm at the University's Tampa campus.

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