MHLP Research Associate Receives Commendation from Hillsborough BOCC

In honor of his retirement, Mark Engelhardt received a Commendation from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners at their December 4th meeting. As the Director of the University of South Florida's Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center, Mark's 44-year career has focused on advancing systems to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness, mental illness and substance use disorder. His commitment to this work was highlighted by Commissioner Sandy Murman (District 1), with specific emphasis on his role as a state and national expert and champion of the Housing First model and longstanding involvement in the Hillsborough County Behavioral Health Task Force.

In addition, Mark delivered the Keynote address at Central Florida Behavioral Health Network's 5 Star Awards Ceremony for providers in Sarasota on Nov. 6th. CFBHN gave him a recognition award for "dedication and service" and recognized his work as a founding member of CFBHN.