On August 13, 2021, the Mohave County Probation Department celebrated the graduation of the first four juveniles to complete the new substance abuse treatment program, Hope Garden. Hope garden is a ten-week program where youth with substance abuse issues learn about themselves, addiction, recovery, family dynamics, and life skills, in a secure setting.
The overarching objective of Hope Garden is to provide probation youth access to necessary therapeutic services within our own community thus removing barriers to family involvement, increasing active participation, and providing after-care support. The juvenile court identified the need to improve and expand local services and enhance outcomes for youth struggling with substance abuse with an emphasis on family engagement.
Beginning in 2019, juvenile probation and detention staff collaborated with local stakeholders, including treatment providers, community service agencies, juvenile judges, and county supervisors to design and implement a structured-setting substance abuse treatment program for youth on probation in Mohave County.
[email protected], Arizona Youth Partnership, Human Resource Training Inc., local volunteers, youth care workers, and the probation clinician provide a varied schedule of programming. Included in the curriculum is yoga, meditation, life skills, addiction and recovery classes, cognitive behavioral approaches and therapeutic oriented treatment. While in Hope Garden, youth receive education, stay involved in any recovery court systems and build stronger family relationships, while learning ways to lead a sober lifestyle.
Family participation is heavily incorporated into the program to foster the intent for family systems change and a “were in this together” mentality. After completion of the ten-week program, youth and their families continue in outpatient services for a minimum of three months with the same
providers to help ensure uniformity, smooth transitions and an ongoing recovery atmosphere.
The probation department is very grateful for the overarching support and collaboration we have received through this process and believes Hope Garden will encourage youth to remain substance free and engage in pro-social behaviors, cultivate healthy families, and sustain positive change for future generations.