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Position: Research Associate
Department: Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
Salary Plan: Faculty
Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $85,000 to Negotiable, depending on qualifications
Position Number: 00010517

Positions Description:

The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP), Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS), University of South Florida (USF) invites applications from qualified candidates to fill a 12-month (non-tenure earning) faculty position as Director of the Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center (CJMHSA www.floridatac.org).  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The director serves as Principal Investigator of the statewide Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center, which is funded via a multi-year contract with the Department of Children and Families (see F.S. 394.659).  The center is housed in USF’s Department of Mental Health Law and Policy.  It provides technical assistance and training to behavioral healthcare, criminal justice, and juvenile justice programs on matters including, but not limited to, jail diversion, crisis response, mental health and other specialty courts, jail and prison re-entry, supportive housing, and best practices for working with offenders with co-occurring disorders.  Specific technical assistance and training needs are determined by an annual survey of CJMHSA Reinvestment Grantees (F.S. 394.658).  The director is responsible for operation of all aspects of the center, including supervising contracted subject matter experts and two full-time center employees.  Travel throughout the state of Florida is required to facilitate delivery of technical assistance and training to various communities.

Minimum Qualifications:

The Director of the Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center (PI) must have a minimum of a master’s degree in behavioral healthcare (e.g., social work, psychology, counseling), criminal justice, or a related field of study and experience providing training and technical assistance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include five (5) years of experience in criminal justice/juvenile justice; five (5) years of experience in substance abuse and/or mental health services. Years of experience for each field may be concurrent. Experience working with high level governmental leadership (e.g.,  county commissions, court administrators) and CJMHSA public planning entities; knowledge of SAMH evidenced-based practices (clinical) and financing systems (federal block grant, state general revenue, Medicaid/Medicare, various federal/state/local grant opportunities and local funding); strategic planning experience; experience working with diverse stakeholders including consumers, families, court systems, legal professionals (i.e., judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors), behavioral healthcare providers and executives, and state and national experts on SAMH issues; knowledge of SAMH laws, research methods, data collection, contract performance measures; and evaluation of CJMHSA programs.