Person # 1-

A male in his mid-20’s was brought into the jail pre-booking area by the local police department.  He was brought in for the gross misdemeanor charge of Obstruction with Force.  He was involved in an incident at a local shelter where staff were concerned for his safety as he had been making statements of self-harm, and he had access to a weapon.  When police arrived on the scene, the male was resistant to any attempts by law enforcement to help him, and a struggle ensued.  The individual was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and was medically cleared.  Law enforcement’s only option was to bring the individual to jail, due to the charges and safety risk.  Upon arrival at the jail, the Yellow Line Project staff conducted a screening which indicated a history of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe depression, and anxiety.  The individual recently stopped taking medications for his mental health.  He has been homeless for many years.

The officer agreed to a plan created by the screener to divert from jail, and the charges remained.  The individual was diverted from jail, placed into a temporary housing option, and immediately engaged a visit from the mental health mobile crisis team to address imminent mental health needs.  The individual met with the Yellow Line Project Community Based Coordinator within 24 hours, and developed a My Yellow Line Plan.  This plan included goals for housing, mental health, and employment. 

While working with the Community Based Coordinator for approximately 60 days, the individual was linked to the supportive housing team and was successfully housed, reconnected with his physical and mental health care provider, resumed taking medications for his illnesses, and secured competitive employment.