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Dr. Annette Chisty to Evaluate Hillsborough County's SAMHSA Funded Pre-Booking Diversion Program

Dr. Annette Chisty to Evaluate Hillsborough County's SAMHSA Funded Pre-Booking Diversion Program

Hillsborough County was one of eight communities recently awarded funding from SAMHSA's Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion Grant Program.  This will allow for continued funding of Hillsborough County's Pre-Arrest Intercept Jail Diversion Program (PIP).  SAMHSA awarded the full amount possible for this award ($330,000 per year for up to five years for a total of $1.65 million).  Annette Christy from the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy (MHLP) will serve as principal investigator of the evaluation under contract with Hillsborough County.  An initial phase of PIP was evaluated by Dr. Christy under contract with Hillsborough County with funds from a three-year DCF Reinvestment Grant and matching County funds.  Also involved in the evaluation from MHLP will be Daniel Ringhoff, Sara Rhode, and Kevin Jenkins. Paige Alitz, a second-year student in CBCS' Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Community Sciences, will serve as data manager and analyst for the project. Ardhys De Leon, a senior undergraduate at USF and alumna of FMHIs Summer Research Institute in Behavioral Health, will assist with interviews. Dr. Christy and her team will be working with Robert Parkinson and Sarah Rynearson-Moody from Hillsborough County's Criminal Justice & Grants Management Office, as well as staff from the Agency for Community Treatment Services. Total funding to USF for the 5-year evaluation is $330,000, including the 34.5% indirect.