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CFS Summer of Grants

During summer 2014, the Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) submitted 21 grant applications. Ten have received funding including:

Project ABA: Preparing Related Services Personnel in Applied Behavior Analysis for Children with Autism($1.06 million)

Project ABA will prepare 20 highly qualified behavior analysts to contribute to evidence-based practices (EBP) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism.

Miami-Dade IMPACT (Identify Measure and Prevent Addiction and Childhood Trauma)($476,758)

CFS faculty will evaluate the IMPACT Project, which will measure progress related to the development and implementation of a regional partnership to address the specific needs of families with suspected or verified substance abuse, at risk of child removal due to maltreatment.

Miami CARES Evaluation($250,000)

CFS faculty will conduct the evaluation for the Miami CARES project, which will provide greatly needed resources and structure to a community in the frontlines of the human trafficking battle.

Function First: An Online Assessment and Intervention Tool to Reduce Runaways($33,000)

A strong collaborative partnership between CFS and the Center for Social Innovation (C4) will result in the adoption of a USF assessment and intervention tool - the Functional Assessment Interview for Runaways (FAIR) - into the first-of-its-kind product. The interactive web-based tool is designed to train child welfare personnel to conduct interview assessments that identify the function(s) of runaway behavior and appropriate interventions.

Now is the Time TA Center (NITT-TA)($722,393)

As a result of the Fiscal Year 2014 "Consolidated Appropriations Act," the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing expanded support through several Now is the Time initiatives to help meet the mental health needs of individuals, families and communities across the nation. To help ensure the success of these initiatives, a NITT-Technical Assistance Center (NITTTA) has been funded, and involved collaboration among the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS), the University of South Florida, Change Matrix, and WestEd.

More information about the achievements of CFS is available in their Fall 2014 Newsletter.

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