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MOHAVE COUNTY - For the third year in a row, Chief Justice Scott Bales presented the Juvenile Division of the Mohave County Probation Department with a Strategic Agenda award.

This year’s award was in the category of Protecting Children, Families and Communities. The award was presented at the Annual Court Leadership Conference last month.

The juvenile division was recognized for their work in two areas – The Opportunity School for education and Juvenile Health and Wellness Court (JHAWC) for mental health services.

JHAWC is offered as an early intervention, strengths-based approach to provide judicial supervision and treatment accountability to juveniles between the ages of 14-17 with a diagnosed mental health condition. The goal is to assist juveniles in finding and attending community-based services to stabilize and maintain sound mental health. JHAWC works in collaboration with the juvenile justice system and mental health professionals.

The Opportunity School is a collaboration with the Kingman Unified School District to provide educational services to non-detained youth who have been removed from the school district. To date, 7 youth have received credit recovery and 170 youth have received their GED.

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