By Nathalie Vera
San Luis Obispo County is being recognized as an “innovator county” for its increased efforts in helping inmates with mental illnesses. SLO is one of 14 counties nationwide receiving this recognition by the Stepping Up Initiative. The initiative is a nationwide effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. “As an innovator county we are now being tasked with helping other counties achieve the same status. We have other counties reaching out to us for help, for tours,” said Chief Medical Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, Christy Mulkerin.