Blue Earth County’s Yellow Line Project receives national award

(Mankato, MN) – The Blue Earth County Yellow Line Project has been recognized with achievement award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in the category of Human Services.

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.  The project has been a collaboration between Law Enforcement, Human Services, and the regional Mobile Crisis Team who work to get the right services to the right 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 fewer days of incarcerations are needed while maintaining a high level of personal accountability.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide.

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