The Tampa City Council approved a contract between the city police department and Agency For Community Treatment Services (ACTS) so the police department can pilot a behavioral health crisis intervention response team. The one-year pilot is anticipated to start in late summer 2021. The council approved a contract of $122,178 in fiscal year 2021, and $488,680 in fiscal year 2022
The unit will include four officers and four mental health professionals. Mental health professionals and law enforcement professionals will work in teams to address mental health calls. The Tampa Police Department anticipates expanding the team in the future. The goal is to strengthen law enforcement and behavioral health partnerships and further ensure public safety and continuity of care for those in behavioral health crises with unmet needs.
This was reported by the Tampa Police Department on July 16, 2021.
Contact information: Tampa Police Department Headquarters, One Police Center, 411 North Franklin Street, Tampa, Florida 33602; 813-276-3200; Website: https://www.tampa.gov/police/contact-us
Contact information: Agency For Community Treatment Services, Inc., 4612 North 56th Street, Tampa, Florida 33610; 813-246-4899; Website: https://www.actsfl.org/