PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking applications for crisis response specialists to work with the sheriff’s mental health unit.
Last month, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced plans to expand the sheriff’s office mental health unit to better respond to people in crisis in need of mental health services, not jail time.
Those applying must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling or a related field and have experience in case management, social work and substance abuse. Salaries would start at $45,800 a year.
The sheriff’s office formed its mental health unit in late 2016 consisting of two teams that include a deputy and social worker.
Gualtieri said he’s expanding the team to six deputies, six mental health workers and a clinical supervisor.
Many times, said Gualtieri, those perceived as violent or uncooperative are people experiencing a mental health crisis or drug