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Larry Ellingson of Stellher Human Services in Bemidji offers $2,500 during Tuesday's Beltrami County Board meeting to help subsidize mental health transports. The Sheriff's Department will stop the transports Jan. 1. A task force was formed to find alternatives. Commitments of $16,500 were made, with deputies now accruing $30,000 in overtime for the service. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

County Board: Task force to probe mental health transports

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A Beltrami County Board-led task force was charged Tuesday with finding alternatives to transport mental health patients once the Sheriff's Department stops doing so on Jan. 1.


"We can't as a county keep this service going," County Board Chairman Jim Lucachick said Tuesday as commissioners and medical and social services providers discussed alternatives.

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