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MHLP Faculty Receive 2016 USF Diversity Award

MHLP Faculty Receive 2016 USF Diversity Award

Drs. Kathleen Moore and Scott Young of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy have been honored with the 2016 USF Diversity Award for their work with local drug courts. Moore and Young have collaborated with the Department of Justice, the Department of Corrections, and both the 6th and 13th Judicial Courts of Hillsborough and Pinellas County for their work in helping persons with substance use and mental health issues receive treatment under court supervision, with the goal of reconnecting with their families, work, and community. Moore and Young have applied evidence-based practices in helping develop service systems to divert those with substance use, mental health, and behavioral healthcare issues from jail and into treatment-based settings.

In the last decade, Moore and Young have been involved in over 20 projects focusing in drug court, jail diversion, homelessness, and substance use prevention. "Our findings have helped shape current policies and procedures for court and treatment programs and has had an impact on the community," said Moore. "The goal of these programs is to change clients' behaviors from unhealthy to healthy and be productive individuals in our community." "Scott and I are very honored and delighted to have won the USF Diversity Award. It means a lot to us that our work in the community is being recognized," said Moore.