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An encouraging quote painted on the wall inside Yavapai County jail’s mental health unit. (Max Efrein/Courier)

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Yavapai County decriminalizing mental illness

Sheriff: ‘This is the right thing to do for Yavapai County and our communities’

Wherever he went, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher kept hearing the same question again and again from concerned citizens: what does one do if an individual with an apparent mental-health issue is being disorderly, trespassing or doing something else that could be considered illegal?