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Pasco County Sheriff's Office launches unit to tackle mental health issues | 10News WTSP

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new unit set to tackle the growing concern around mental health and reoccurring crime. The Mental Health and Threat Assessment Team will specifically focus on citizens who have had reoccurring issues with the law due to mental health problems. “What directly affects our community, we see mental health and substance abuse as the two drivers of criminal justice issues in our county," said Sheriff Chris Nocco of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The new unit will be one of the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay area. Using intelligence-led policing, the sheriff’s office will be targeting the 503 people who were repeatedly in trouble with the law and admitted to mental health institutions via the Baker Act throughout 2018. Deputies plan to regularly visit and check in on those high-risk individuals.