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SB County opens juvenile justice office

San Bernardino County has opened a facility that will supplement the county’s Juvenile Justice program.

The project, which is part of the county’s behavioral health department, is expected to serve 400 to 900 families a year, according to a statement on the county’s website.

It will provide health care for county youth, in or out of custody, who suffer from mental illness.

“The Juvenile Justice Program reduces recidivism, promotes wellness and recovery, and enhances the quality of life in our county,” board Chairman Curt Hagman said in the statement. “This project was developed in a Qualified Opportunity Zone, which benefits both the public and private sectors and creates vital community benefit. The value of bringing new investment to underserved communities underscores the importance of this program.”

The office space is near the San Bernardino Children’s Assessment Center, Juvenile Court, Probation Office, and several schools. Juvenile Justice staff members will conduct community outreach and serve justice-involved youth and their families.

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