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James Winarski, MSW


James Winarski, M.S.W. joined the faculty in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida in February 2004.  He provides technical assistance and training in the areas of assessment, development, and implementation of behavioral health programs, with a special focus on recovery oriented services for persons with serious mental illnesses and services for persons who are homeless. 

Mr. Winarski has been working in coordination with state and local authorities to transform Florida’s mental health system to a recovery/resiliency orientation.  He recently developed a tool to support the implementation of recovery-oriented mental health services under contract to Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, available for download at www.saptrecovery.org

Mr. Winarski works in the Veteran’s Administration National Center on Homelessness among Veterans where he has provided technical assistance with the development of Community Resource and Referral Centers (CRRCs), a one-stop model for addressing the needs of homeless veterans, at 15 sites throughout the country.  He also has also provided technical assistance for implementing evidence-based practices in Florida behavioral health programs, including the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Permanent Supportive Housing Toolkit.

Mr. Winarski co-authored the Report to Congress on the Prevention and Treatment of Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Disorders for SAMHSA.  He also completed a training package entitled Implementing Interventions for Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders that was published by SAMHSA.  Mr. Winarski has specialized knowledge and skills in the areas of program development/systems improvement, rehabilitation/recovery technologies, outreach, case management, homelessness, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and in developing intervention strategies for difficult to reach populations.  He is a skilled presenter and trainer, and has conducted workshops throughout the country.  He received his M.S.W. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980.
 

Education

  • M.S.W., State University of New York

Research Interests

  • Homelessness
  • Recovery and Resilience of persons with serious mental health disorders
  • Programs for persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders

Research Projects

Trainings

News

Recent Publications

Engelhardt, M. & Winarski, J. (2015) White Paper on Permanent Supportive Housing. Under contract to the Florida Department of Children and Families: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office under contract # LD9080; PATH Project Assistance in Transition from Homelessness – Training and Technical Assistance.

Winarski, J., Dow, M., Hendry, P., & Robinson, P. (2011). Self-Assessment/Planning Tool for Implementing Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services Version 2.0. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental health Institute, University of South Florida.

Winarski, J. & Dow, M. (2010). A study of the efficacy of the self-assessment/planning tool for implementing recovery-oriented mental health services (SAPT) for supporting positive consumer outcomes. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. University of South Florida.

Winarski, J., Dow, M., Hendry, P., Robinson, P., & Peters, R. (2009). Self-Assessment/Planning Tool for Implementing Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services (SAPT).(Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) series, 220-124). Tampa, FL:, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida.

Winarski, J., Thomas, G. & DeLuca, N. (2007). Recovery oriented medicaid services for adults with severe mental illness - part ii. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. University of South Florida.

Winarski, J., Thomas, G., Dhont, K., & Ort, R. (2006). Recovery oriented medicaid services for adults with severe mental illness. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida.

Winarski, J. T., Outreach. In Levinson, D., (Ed.) (2004) Encyclopedia of Homelessness. Sage Publication, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, pg. 431-433.

Winarski, J. T., Cohen, M., et. al., (1998). Issues affecting clinical practice in an era of managed behavioral health care. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. (Vol. 85) 1: 101-113.

Winarski, J. T. (1998). Implementing Interventions for Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: A PATH Technical Assistance Package, Sudbury, MA: Advocates for Human Potential under contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services. (Monograph SMA 98-3204: 92 pages).

Winarski, J. T. & Dubus, P. (1996). An Analysis of 16 Federally-Funded Programs for Homeless Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, Newton, MA: The Better Homes Fund under contract with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (Monograph 137 pages).

Winarski, J. T. Providing outreach outside the shelter. In Bassuk, E., Birk, A., and Liftik, J., (Eds.) (1994). Community Care for Homeless Clients with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and Dual Diagnosis, Newton, MA: The Better Homes Fund, 1994, 10-1, 10-18.

Shern, D. L., Tsemberis, S., Winarski, J., et al. (1997). The effectiveness of psychiatric rehabilitation of persons who are street dwelling with serious disability related to mental illness. In Breakey, W.R. and Thompson, J.W., (Eds.) Mentally Ill and Homeless: Special Programs for Special Needs. Harwood Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pg. 119-147.