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Jan. 24, 2012
 
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Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center in Geneva Earns Three-Year Re-accreditation
 
Lincoln – According to the American Correctional Association, the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva remains among the “best of the best” in the corrections field after earning a three-year re-accreditation at the organization’s winter conference, it was announced Saturday (1/21) in Phoenix, Ariz.
 
The ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections announced the re-accreditation following a hearing at the conference. The ACA re-accreditation serves as a national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional systems, said Dan Scarborough, facility administrator in Geneva.
 
Scarborough said following a self assessment of the center’s operations and standards compliance, an intense three-day audit was conducted in Geneva by ACA auditors last August. They examined the Geneva facility against 368 best-practice standards. The process culminated in Saturday’s accreditation hearing in Phoenix.
 
The panel praised YRTC-Geneva’s follow through on suggestions from past audits, reflecting an ongoing commitment to accreditation and excellence, he said.
 
The audit stated that staff showed a dedicated, committed ownership in YRTC-Geneva and were proud to be part of the organization. “All staff reported knowing the policy, how to seek supervisor assistance and even methods to take ideas to the facility manager. It was very evident to the entire team that all staff members employed at the facility had a true passion for working with the youth in their care.”
 
The auditors also interviewed youth at the facility, and said, “All youth interviewed reported they felt safe in the facility and that staff really seemed to care about them. They do not have concerns about threats of or attacks by other residents. There were no statements that any youth had been or seen others mistreated by staff.”
 
“ACA’s standards for re-accreditation are revised based on changing practices, current case law and agency experience,” he said. “Re-accreditation reflects how our staff at Geneva has maintained a high level of performance and stayed current with industry changes.”
 
The re-accreditation process specifically assesses administrative and fiscal management, staff training and development, records, physical plant, security, safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, food service, due process, juvenile rights, treatment/juvenile services and quality of life, he said. The audit showed that YRTC-Geneva is 100 percent in compliance on all mandatory standards and 98.5 percent compliant with non-mandatory standards.
 
Scarborough praised the YRTC-Geneva staff for maintaining accreditation. “More than any past accreditation, this was a total staff effort, with all staff members contributing at some level,” he said.
 
Scarborough noted that YRTC-Geneva uses the ACA standards as an ongoing guide in operation of the facility. This is its ninth re-accreditation since its initial accreditation in 1981.
 
The YRTC-Geneva is a juvenile facility for female delinquents up to the age of 19 and is operated by the DHHS Division of Children and Family Services/Office of Juvenile Services.
For more information about the YRTC-Geneva, visit the DHHS website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/jus_yrtc_yrtcgindex.aspx
 
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