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Mental Illness and Arrest

Important Information for those with a loved one in a mental health crisis.

Protect Yourself.

If your loved one threatens to harm him/herself or you, or to damage property, you must do whatever is necessary to protect yourself and others. You may need to leave and call for help. If possible, remove objects that could be used to cause harm. If you feel police assistance is needed call 911 and always request a Crisis Intervention Trained Officer. (Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Mental Illness and Arrest in Pinellas County

While a loved one is incarcerated, be sure to advise the jail medical staff that a defendant is suffering from a mental disorder or any other medical condition as well as the medications prescribed. Call (727) 453-7117 or go to the Pinellas County Jail and ask for the nurse supervisor.

When the crisis has passed, contact the NAMI Pinellas Helpline at (727) 791-3434

Mental Health Resources in Pinellas County

You may also seek help through the PEMS (Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services)

  • 24-hour Mental Health Assistance: 727-541-4628
  • 24-hour Suicide Hotline: 727-791-3131
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273 8255

Action Plus Bail Bonds has been providing bail bonds and post bond services and support in Clearwater, St. Pete, and throughout Pinellas & Pasco County for over 27 years.  Contact Us for more information.

According to an analysis by the Pinellas County Data Collaborative and Policy and Services Research Data Center at USF, “The percentage of those found to have a severe mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse diagnosis ranged from 5% to 9% over time.

It is important to note here that the identification of any diagnosis was done through matching across the Medicaid System and the IDS System (State mental health and substance abuse data system). These reported numbers are expected to be an underestimate as this process does not allow for identification of any individual who does not interact with either of these systems.”

Source:  https://www.pinellascounty.org/justice/pdf/CJISfinalpresentation%202007.pdf

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Questions to ask yourself before you agree to post a bail bond

Often times we have defendants who call our agency and tell us to contact their ex-wives, relatives who live out of town, co-workers or a casual male or female acquaintances will they say will help bail them out of jail. This means that person would be putting up the cash to pay our fee and indemnify or guarantee that the defendant will show up for court.

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Beware of the Canadian Granny scam

 

The Clearwater Police Department is investigating a scheme to defraud case commonly known as the Canadian Granny Scam. Recently, a Clearwater woman fell victim to this scam and lost thousands of dollars. A man who claimed to be the victim’s grandson called the victim and said he had been arrested for a DUI crash while visiting Canada. He told the victim he needed more than $5,000 to pay restitution and be released from jail. A second man, who claimed to be the imposter grandson’s lawyer, called a short time later with information necessary to wire the money. The victim transferred the money to a location in Quebec, since she believed the original caller sounded like her grandson.

This telephone scam, which targets senior citizens, has been around for years. With the Granny Scam, the caller pretends to be a grandchild in trouble in Canada who needs money immediately. The caller often says he has been arrested, was in a car accident or had some type of medical emergency. The scammer asks the victim to wire money to help with bail, hospital bills or damages. With this scam, the caller always insists the grandparents don’t tell any other family members about the money transfer, for fear of getting in more trouble. That should be a warning.

Seniors should be suspicious of anyone calling, asking them to wire money. To confirm the caller’s identity, seniors should ask questions, like parents’ birthdates or some other type of information, known only to family members