Collaboration and Research

LSF Health Systems in Partnership with Jacksonville University Pioneers Behavioral Health Training Program
Shortage of Certified Peer Specialist leads to grant enabling students and community members to attend JU for this training at no cost

Jacksonville, Fla. – 3/22/17 –LSF Health Systems (LSFHS), which serves as the Managing Entity for the Northeast and North Central This training includes the educational requirement for state certification as a recovery peer specialist as well as trauma informed care, mental health first aid, multicultural competency and the One Love Foundation escalation workshop on relationship abuse prevention.

Florida region, is leading the charge as a pioneer in systems change. 

In a program that is the first of its kind in Florida, LSFHS and Jacksonville University (JU) Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences’ Mental Health Counseling program in the School of Applied Health Sciences have collaborated to provide an Enhanced Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) training program for JU students as well as community members.

CRPS Training Executive Summary

LSF Health Systems in Partnership with Jacksonville University Expands Peer Specialist Training Program with $1.2M Grant

Jacksonville, Fla. – 9/21/17 –LSF Health Systems (LSFHS), which serves as the Managing Entity for the Northeast and North Central Florida region, in partnership with Jacksonville University (JU) was awarded a 4-year grant totaling $1,148,296 through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program.

In collaboration with JU Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences’ School of Applied Health Sciences’ Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department and the Bisk Center for Professional Studies, the Peer Specialist training program is funded for up to 70 individuals per year. The new grant award is an expansion and enhancement of LSF Health Systems’ Recovery Peer Specialist (RPS) training partnership with JU that began in the fall of 2016.  The new program will use a two-phase hybrid curriculum that includes face-to-face trainings and online hybrid courses.  These courses will be designed with LSF and implemented by JU faculty and adjuncts.  JU is also responsible for the comprehensive evaluation of this training program.


Ability Housing

The Solution That Saves is one of three pilot sites, which will provide Florida-specific data quantifying the cost benefits of providing permanent supportive housing to individuals who are frequent users of crisis services. It will also evaluate the improved health and personal outcomes of pilot participants.

In Northeast Florida, The Solution That Saves consists of 90 units of permanent supportive housing that are targeted to low-income persons who are homeless or unstably housed and identified as high utilizers of crisis services.  The housing is a combination of 52 apartments operated by Ability Housing and 38 apartments rented in the community.

The pilot is led by Ability Housing and consists of a coalition of numerous nonprofits, area hospitals and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Health-Tech Consultants, Inc., in collaboration with JU’s Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, is responsible for the program evaluation. This project is in its second year of implementation.  A summary of the evaluation results is attached

The Solution that Saves One Year Interim Report