Mario Hernandez reappointed as Chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida

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marioWe at the Network are always proud of our Advisory Council members so we can't pass on this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Mario Hernandez for his re-appointment as Chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida. Dr. Hernandez is nationally recognized for his 30 years of local, state and national experience in the field of children’s mental health and systems of care. While in California in the 1980s, he was one of the founders and later the leader of the “Ventura Project” which was the nation’s first county-based system of care. In this historically significant system of care Dr. Hernandez and the Ventura team cut the path to eliminating the placement of children into California’s state mental hospitals and substantially reduced the placement of children outside of their homes and communities. The impact of the “Ventura Project” was large by reforming how children’s mental health services were funded and organized through California. In his leadership position at USF, Mario continues to push the field to expand the thinking of best practice approaches to meeting the needs of youth with mental health challenges and their families.

Congratulations Mario. We at the Network love you and applaud the wisdom of the leadership of the University of South Florida in ensuring a forward thinking leader at the helm of the Department of Child & Family Studies. Since those who know you are aware of your passion for fishing, we think it only appropriate to honor your re-appointment with the classic Brad Paisley fishing song - I'm Gonna Miss Her.


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    Sylvia Fisher
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    Congratulations, Mario, on this wonderful news and recognition of your achievements in the field! The children, youth and their families in systems of care are the real beneficiaries of your continuing contributions and this wonderful accomplishment. As noted in this Network piece, we love you and are grateful for all you do!
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