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Two graduate from Dawson County mental health court
Make 8th and 9th graduates since 2013
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Vanessa Hutching, right, smiles during her graduation from the Dawson County H.E.L.P. Court on Jan. 26. Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin, left, officiated the graduation. - photo by Allie Dean Dawson County News
The Dawson County H.E.L.P Court held a ceremony last week at the county courthouse for its two most recent graduates. Vanessa Hutching and John Ross made the eighth and ninth people to have graduated from the program, which helps provide alternatives to incarceration for those who have mental health issues or mental disabilities, such as providing them with community-based treatment resources to reduce recidivism. The letters in H.E.L.P. stand for health, empowerment, linkage and possibilities.