August 2020
Even in the Face of Shifting Crises, We are HERE!
President & CEO, Clara Reynolds
I think we would all agree that 2020 has not been the year we thought it would be. Not just the Coronavirus, but wildfires in Australia; high profile plane and helicopter crashes; a presidential impeachment trial; early season hurricanes; protests and civil unrest; and a record unemployment rate are just some of the events that have occurred during the first half of 2020. We have never before experienced a national lockdown that halted schools, professional and amateur sports, and essential life as we know it. 


Read more from Clara by clicking below.
The Crisis Center's Response to COVID-19

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay understands this is a very stressful time full of uncertainty and anxiety. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide emotional support when you dial 2-1-1.
 
We have taken precautions to ensure the safety of our staff. We continue to operate the Gateway Contact Center, Sexual Assault Services, Corbett Trauma Center counseling, and TransCare Medical Transportation Services without interruption. To access any of these services, you can dial 2-1-1; or for general questions, call the Crisis Center at (813) 964-1964.
Building a Life After Trauma
When Sylvia first moved to Tampa from Mexico at 16 years old, her parents hoped to provide her a safe place to live with a chance at a better life. They never dreamed that she’d face one of the worst experiences of her life within months of moving to the United States.


Read more of Sylvia's story by clicking below.
Expanding Community Paramedicine Throughout Tampa
Community paramedics John and Gary pre-COVID-19
Almost two years ago the Crisis Center’s TransCare Medical Transportation division launched its pilot Community Paramedicine program made possible by a grant from Florida Blue. The goal for this pilot is to work with community members who frequently utilize hospital emergency rooms for basic healthcare, and connect them with a primary care physician, behavioral health care, or other medical resources better suited to their needs.
 
We have already expanded the program to two full-time paramedics, with plans to hire a third in the coming months. On average, our paramedics are working with 30 - 40 patients at a time, over the span of two to three months. In total, we have graduated 104 patients from the program, and have seen a 75% reduction in hospital visits to date.
 
As with many things, the Community Paramedicine program adjusted its services when COVID-19 began to impact activities. The paramedics limit their exposure to patients, opting for video conferencing whenever possible and only providing face-to-face services when absolutely necessary.
 
The expansion of this program not only provides professional growth opportunities for our current TransCare EMTs to advance as paramedics, but also helps to lessen the burden on hospital emergency rooms in Tampa. Community Paramedicine currently works with two hospitals in the community, and discussions are taking place to implement the program in a third facility.  
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is Hiring!

Our TransCare Medical Transportation Division and Gateway Services are hiring! We have several different positions available in varying shifts, both full-time and part-time. Click the link below to view all of our open job opportunities.
Do You Follow the Crisis Center on Social Media?
Be sure to look out for our #MentalHealthMonday posts on our various social media pages. We'll be posting helpful information on Crisis Center resources, as well as mental health tips that can easily be shared to your own audience. With everything going on in the world right now, we want to get useful information to the Tampa Bay community as best we can.
Thank you Corporate Partners!
Thank you Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Funders!