Associate Professor Marc Karver, PhD of the University of South Florida and Assistant Professor, Kim Gryglewicz, PhD, MSW of the University of Central Florida have received a five year, 3.68 million dollar federal grant awarded to the University of South/Central Florida, the Florida Council of Community Mental Health, and the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention (SOSP) to continue to advance suicide prevention efforts throughout the state of Florida.
This FL LINC project builds off the work of two prior federally funded projects: the Florida Adolescent Suicide Awareness and Prevention Project (FL ASAP) and the Florida Youth Suicide Prevention (FLYSP) Project (federal dollars awarded to these project totals 2.94 million).The project focuses on reducing youth suicides (10-24 years of age) by improving training, outreach, and service delivery standards for families and professionals who work with at-risk youth and their families. Prevention efforts will target specific service sectors/settings, including (but not limited to) substance abuse, mental health, schools, primary care, emergency departments, and inpatient psychiatric settings and with the following at-risk youth (10-24) populations: young adults not in school, youths involved with juvenile justice and foster care, military families, survivors of suicide attempts and loss, LGBTQ youth, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Latino youths.
The purpose of the FL LINC project is to:
The FL LINC project will partner with 3 Managing Entities throughout the state, covering a total of 32 Florida counties: 1) Lutheran Services of Florida, which serves 23 counties in Northeast FL, 2) Central Florida Cares, which serves 4 counties surrounding the greater Orlando area, and 3) Southeast FL Behavioral Network, which serves 5 counties on the east coast of Florida north of Ft. Lauderdale.