Behavioral Resources Unit (BRU)

The Behavioral Resources Unit is an interdisciplinary unit of behavioral health and homeless initiative law enforcement deputies, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors and civilian support staff, whose mission is to identify through proactive and reactive methods, at-risk community members within the mental health and homeless populations of Hillsborough County in order to provide them with intervention and guidance to case management assistance. The goal is not only to prevent potentially violent encounters and mitigate risk within our community, but to further safeguard those who are most in need of services. The Behavioral Resources Unit works with local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, the court system, mental health providers, and county social services to ensure a comprehensive approach towards community behavioral health is pursued.

Victim Specialist Program

The Victim Specialist Program seeks to meet the needs of victims of crime or witnesses to tragic incidents. The program’s goal is to ensure that crime victims are treated with respect and dignity. With that aim in mind, a Victim Specialist is available to help victims, witnesses, and families navigate the complex criminal justice system and connect to community resources. Additional victim resource information is available via the Office of the State Attorney, Victim Assistance Program.


HCSO launches Behavioral Resources Unit

Homeless offered help through HCSO Community Outreach Event

Homeless Outreach Event at the Tampa Convention Center

Structure of the Behavioral Resources Unit

  • Behavioral Health Section - 6 Deputies/1 per District and 1 Countywide Behavioral Threat Assessment and Risk Management (BTAM) Deputy
  • Homeless Initiative Section - 5 Deputies/1 per District
  • Clinical Section - 7 Licensed Clinicians/1 per District except District 4 currently assigned 2, and 1 Countywide Behavioral Threat Assessment and Risk Management (BTAM) Clinician
  • Case Management Section - 4 Case Managers/Countywide
  • Victim Advocacy - 3 Victim Specialists/Countywide


Monetary donations to the Behavioral Resources Unit can be made payable to:

HCSO Homeless Initiative
c/o HCSO Comptroller
PO Box 3371
Tampa, FL 33601

BRU Documents


Victim Advocate/Specialist


Paul Pramberger


Tanner Barnes


Stephanie Krager

Master Deputy / Homeless Initiative and Mental Health Team Lead