The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) presented the Yellow Line Project with a 2017 County Achievement Award at its annual conference this week. The project was selected by a committee of county officials.
The Yellow Line Project of Blue Earth County 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 main priority is to consider all options before a person crosses “The Yellow Line” into jail and focuses primarily on the time between being detained and being booked.
The Yellow Line Project brings together Law Enforcement, Human Services, and the regional Mobile Crisis Team to consider a more individualized solution. The enhanced resources and tools available to law enforcement allows residents to get the right services as the right time and have strong incentives to participate in those services. The hope is to maintain a high level of personal accountability while, at the same time, encourage healthy choices so the most cost-effective services are provided and less incarcerations are needed.
AMC is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. The association works closely with the legislative and administrative branches of government in seeing that legislation and policies favorable to counties are enacted. In addition, the Association provides educational programs, training, research, and communications for county officials.