The UCF-based research team will be partnering with Thriving Mind South Florida (contracting as South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.) on this project. Thriving Mind promotes access to effective, accountable and compassionate care for individuals and families in our community with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We fund and oversee a safety net of services for uninsured individuals in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, with a total population of almost 3 million people, supported by Florida’s Department of Children and Families and other public and private sources. The project will be informed by views from health service providers, administrators, and consumers/clients associated with Thriving Mind. To learn more about Thriving Mind, please visit

The Health Foundation of South Florida has awarded the University of Central Florida (UCF) $57,884 for its Strategies for Person-Centered Care in Behavioral Health Treatment Programs project. Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By funding providers and supporting programs to promote health and prevent disease, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in the health of individuals and families. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $125 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the website,

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contact Dr. Andraka-Christou at

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