National Honors for Jail Diversion Program For Addicted, Mentally Ill

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(Mankato, MN) – The Blue Earth County “Yellow Line Project” has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties.

The Yellow Line Project is designed to provide an early response to individuals with mental or chemical health problems who have become involved with law enforcement and are not a risk to the community.

It is a collaboration between Law Enforcement, Human Services, and the regional Mobile Crisis Team who work to get the right services to residents at the right time. The main priority is to consider all options before a person crosses “The Yellow Line” into jail.

The hope is to encourage healthy choices so the most cost-effective services are provided and less days of incarcerations are needed while maintaining a high level of personal accountability.

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