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March 4-10, 2024

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Course becomes part of USF employee onboarding

The Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Course created by CBCS faculty and staff in partnership with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is now included in the onboarding process for all new USF employees. The training provides an understanding of common mental health, behavioral health, and addiction issues that may be seen on campus. Read more.

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CJMHSA TAC shares data for 2023

At the end of 2023, the USF Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse (CJMHSA) Technical Assistance Center (TAC) submitted their FY22-23 Annual Report to the Florida Department of Children and Families. This report is prepared by the TAC and summarizes the 34 CJMHSA reinvestment grant programs throughout the State of Florida. In addition to its use by communities, this report goes to the governor and other high-ranking members of the state’s legislature to increase awareness of the reinvestment grant program and inform future policy and funding decisions. Read more.

TIP Lab Meeting

TIP Lab shares latest research and meets new tech partner, Allies Against Slavery

Law enforcement personnel, policymakers, and organizations combatting human trafficking came together last week to hear the latest developments on USF’s Trafficking in Persons Risk to Resilience Lab (TIP) and meet a new tech partner, Allies Against Slavery. Of particular interest was an update on the TIP Statewide Data Repository that can assist law-enforcement human trafficking investigations, address gaps in victim services to provide essential resources, develop prevention programs, and provide a better understanding of the magnitude and trends in human trafficking. Read more.

Call for Nominations: CBCS Student and Employee Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual CBCS Recognition Award Program (RAP) and CBCS Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY). The SEOTY award recognizes one Federal Work Study student/student assistant, and one graduate assistant for their achievements and contributions to the department. The RAP program recognizes individual administrative, staff, and OPS/temporary employees within CBCS for their extraordinary achievement in the workplace.

Nominations are due Friday, March 29. Click here to complete your nomination for the RAP award, and click here to complete your nomination for the SEOTY award.

CBCS in the News

Budget conference: USF priorities look promising as House meets Senate on human trafficking initiative, psilocybin study

Florida Politics

"The House had originally penciled in $375,000 in its initial budget for the USF St. Petersburg Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Risk to Resilience Lab. The Senate included in its budget $750,000 for the same program."

Behavioral health teaching hospitals are backed by the Florida Senate

WMNF 88.5 FM

"Also, it would provide $5 million for a newly created Florida Center for Behavioral Health Workforce at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida. The teaching hospitals..."

Culture, youth development, environment dominate Lindsay Cross funding requests

Florida Politics

"$750,000 for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Trafficking in Persons — Risk to Resilience Lab."

Transgender Sports Ban Battle


"President of the LGBT Network Dr. David Kilmnick joining us this morning to weigh in on this issue...'I don't think the ban is legal in New York. I mean New York state...'"


Chiu, C., Rumrill, S., Ahonle, Z. J., Wertheimer, J., Henderson, K., & Dillahunt-Aspillaga, C. (2024). The unique function and value of a certified rehabilitation counselor for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2024.01.017 

Fox, B., Cochran, J. K., & Escue, M. (2024). Profiles of death penalty attitudes: A latent class approach. Deviant Behavior, 1–22. doi:10.1080/01639625.2024.2307962 

Moule, R. K., Patterson, S., Burruss, G. W., & Jaynes, C. M. (2024). Assessing public support for expanded police powers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic: Testing the limits of Sunshine and Tyler’s empowerment hypothesis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 90. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2023.102151 

Walker, E. D., & Reid, J. A. (2024). On the Overlap of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Intimate Partner Violence: An Exploratory Examination of Trauma-Related Shame. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi:10.1177/08862605241233268

Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation

Title: Effectiveness of Contact-Based Strategies on Improving Mental Illness Stigma and Help-Seeking Behaviors Within Families

Student: Brenda Michelle Wilks

Program: Behavioral and Community Sciences

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Microsoft Teams (Meeting ID: 239 769 802 84 Passcode: Ugo3Wz)

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

MHWW Course Cover Photo

Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace Course

Learn to attract and retain talent by creating a workplace culture that fosters wellness and allows for the free expression of issues related to employee's mental health, behavioral health, and addiction. Start the course today.

Hart Study Flyer

Call for Participants: Research Study on Mental Health Impact of Emergency Department Experiences

Consider participating in this research study on how experiences in the emergency department impact mental health by completing a 10-minute survey. Take the survey here.

Department of Mental Health Law and Policy Colloquium by a Candidate for Faculty Position

March 1 | 1:45 - 3 p.m.

SMC B226 & Microsoft Teams

Lyoung Hee Kim, PhD, will present "Changes in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Use of Mental Health Services under the Affordable Care Act: Evidence from California."

Lechago virtual training

Virtual Training in Effective Supervision Practices

in Clinical and Education Settings

March 8 | 10 a.m. - noon

Microsoft Teams

Learn about effective supervision practices in clinical and education settings from Sarah A. Lechago, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA, an associate professor of behavior analysis at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

RSVP by March 1 here.

Castle Lecture Flyer

School of Aging Studies Policy Series Lecture: “The CoreQ Survey: Developing a measure of resident and family satisfaction with nursing homes and assisted living communities"

March 18 | 1 p.m.

MHC 1739

Hear from Nicholas Castle, PhD, MHA, FGSA, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Leadership at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. Castle's areas of expertise include long-term care, epidemiology of aging, health systems improvement, occupational health, and obesity.

Those who are not members of the School of Aging Studies are encouraged to RSVP to Jim Scull (, 813-974-241).

Special Enlightenment Series

Special Enlightenment Series: SB 266 Guidance to Navigate Higher Education

March 19 | noon -1 p.m.

Microsoft Teams

Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel Gerard D. Solis will facilitate the conversation. Register to attend at

TIMB Ticket Flyer

This Is My Brave - College Edition at USF

April 5 | 7 p.m.

Music Concert Hall at the USF School of Music. 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620

This Is My Brave - College Edition at the University of South Florida will be live on stage featuring USF students sharing stories about their lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction.

Join us in our movement to eliminate stigma and increase hope for college students. It’s okay not to be okay. Prepare to be inspired by this amazing cast of storytellers who are breaking barriers to end stigma!

Free tickets:

Caregiver Conference

Caregiving for the Caregiver to Provide Better Care

April 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites

The conference will include sessions on coping strategies,

advance care planning, medical and health issues in

caregiving, and caregiver resilience and advocacy, as well as

a panel on resources from area agencies on aging and other community expert providers. Free chair massages will be offered by Moffitt Cancer Center to caregivers in attendance

on a first-to-sign-up basis.


2024 SAS Preceptors and Awards Reception

School of Aging Studies 2024 Preceptors and Awards Reception

April 19 | 1-2:30 p.m.

Join the School of Aging Studies in recognizing internship preceptors, supervisors, and recipients of awards and scholarships.

2024 Spring Assembly Save the date

Spring 2024 CBCS Faculty & Staff Assembly

April 24 | 1-2:30 p.m.

MHC Atrium & Microsoft Teams

Hear updates about the college from CBCS leadership. All CBCS faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in person.

Fiesta by the Bay 2024

Fiesta by the Bay for Autism

April 27 | 6 p.m.

USF Gibbons Alumni Center

The funds raised at Fiesta by the Bay help the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF provide free programs and projects throughout the year across 14 counties. There are many ways you can help make this year’s event a huge success. Contact Christine Rover at to find out ways you can help!

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