Yellow Line Project

The Yellow Line Project is designed to provide an early response to individuals with acute or chronic mental or chemical health problems who have become involved with law enforcement and are not a risk to the community. The Yellow Line Project enhances the resources and tools available to law enforcement so that residents of Blue Earth County get the right services at 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 to reduce future costs and consequences. The underlying systemic goal is to streamline the decision-making between Law Enforcement, Human Services, and Community-Based Care Providers so the most cost-effective services are provided and less incarcerations are needed.


  • Service options and solutions
  • Access to health care and treatment
  • Working relationships between law enforcement and human services


  • Unnecessary incarceration
  • Systemic costs
  • Jail population