The licensed therapist has assisted more than 350 families with mental health counseling Photo by Melissa Diaz Hernandez / The Valley ChronicleAssemblyman Jose Medina presents a 2017 Women of Distinction award to Tahquitz High School’s Jessica Oakes. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Jessica Oakes from Hemet Unified School District’s Tahquitz High School received an honor March 18 in downtown Riverside for her work in decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness. Oakes, a licensed family and marriage therapist at Tahquitz’ Building Assets Reducing Risk (BARR) Program, received one of the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards from Assemblyman Jose Medina at the Riverside Marriott. Prior to introducing Oakes, Riverside City Councilman

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