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The Department of Health and Human Services runs 4 youth facilities. Each facility maintains on-campus programs, treatment and education.

Facilities

Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center-Kearney

  • Mission
    • The Mission of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center at Kearney (YRTC-K) is to help youth live better lives through effective services, giving youth the chance to become law-abiding citizens. 
  • History
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney was founded in 1879. The facility began receiving boys and girls in July, 1881. In 1892, YRTC-Kearney became a boy's only youth facility when a girl's facility opened in Geneva. On January 1, 1997, YRTC-Kearney ended a 23-year affiliation with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and became one of ten, 24-hour facilities under the Department of Health and Human Services. YRTC-Kearney is part of DHHS under the Division of Children and Family Services.
  • Tours
    • The YRTC-Kearney offers guided tours to groups for educational purposes. You may arrange for a tour by contacting the YRTC-Kearney
  • Accreditation
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney has a long history of accreditation with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The YRTC-Kearney earned its most recent accreditation in June, 2017, with its next accreditation audit scheduled for June, 2020. 
    • YRTC-Kearney is a member of the Performance-Based Standards (PbS) Project sponsored by the Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The PbS improvement model identifies, monitors and improves conditions of confinement and treatment services in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures.

 

 YRTC-Kearney
Phone Number
(308) 865-5313
Physical Address

2802 30th Avenue

Kearney, Nebraska 68845 

 


Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center-Geneva

  • Mission
    • The mission of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Geneva is to return youth to their community as productive and law-abiding citizens. We strive to accomplish this by creating a safe, secure and nurturing environment where youth learn and develop a sense of self. Our diverse programming responds to each youth's unique needs.
  • History
    • On March 4, 1891, the Girls Industrial School was founded in Geneva.  Fifty-seven girls arrived from the Industrial School at Kearney on March 14, 1892. YRTC-Geneva ended a 23-year affiliation with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services on January 1, 1997 and became one of ten 24-hour facilities under the Department of Health and Human Services. YRTC-Geneva is part of DHHS under the Division of Children and Family Services. 
  • Tours
    • The YRTC-Geneva offers youth-guided tours to groups for educational purposes.  You may arrange for a tour by contacting the YRTC-Geneva. 
  • Accreditation
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Geneva has a long history of accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA). The YRTC-Geneva earned its most recent accreditation in August 2017. Its next accreditation audit is scheduled to take place in August 2020. 
    • YRTC-Geneva is a member of the Performance-Based Standards (PbS) Project sponsored by the Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The PbS improvement model identifies, monitors and improves conditions of confinement and treatment services in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures.

 

 YRTC-Geneva
Phone Number
(402) 759-3164
Physical Address

855 North 1st Street

Geneva, Nebraska 68361

Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program (HJCDP)

  • Mission
    • HJCDP redirects the lifestyles of young men and promotes skills to live substance free, successful lives.
  • History
    • The Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program (HJCDP) provides residential substance abuse treatment for adolescent males from the ages of 13 to 18 years.  The average length of stay is approximately 3-4 months and utilizes evidenced based practices including motivational interviewing, various cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, contingency management, medication assisted treatment and Brief Strategic Family Therapy.  The Hastings Regional Center is a Joint Commission accredited facility.


 

 Hastings JCDP
Phone Number
(402) 462-1971
Physical Address

4200 West 2nd Street

Hastings, Nebraska 68902 

Whitehall

  • Mission
    • Whitehall Psychiatric Residential and Treatment Facility (PRTF) helps people manage their mental illness through person-centered care. Whitehall's program works with teen males who have engaged in sexual offenses.
  • History
    • The Whitehall Campus at the Lincoln Regional Center addresses the treatment needs of male adolescents who have offended sexually. There are residential and treatment group home levels of care. Each youth has his own room. The program is family-centered and has its own school on the campus. Youth who complete treatment at Whitehall have a low incidence of reoffending sexually based on an independent study that followed the youth over seven years from completion of treatment.
    • Whitehall has long been focused on several principles of care:
      • Person-centered care: Individuals and their treatment team create a plan of care that addresses each person's needs, strengths, and goals, and is sensitive to each person's experiences, traumas, and cultural background.
      • Empowerment: Individuals are supported in making choices and encouraged to speak for themselves.
      • Holistic: We value wellness for each person that includes the mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
      • Non-linear: Recovery is based on continual growth, occasional setbacks, and learning from experience.
      • Hope: Hope's message is that individuals can live, work, learn, and fully participate in a better future.
      • Responsibility: Individuals are personally responsible for the decisions they make to live a healthy, safe, and productive life, which includes making choices to actively engage in treatment and recovery.
      • Knowledge: It is important that the individual and caregiver learn as much as possible about illnesses, best treatment practices, and available resources to make informed treatment choices.

 

 Whitehall PRTF
Phone Number
(402) 479-5207
Physical Address

5845 Huntington Avenue

Lincoln, Nebraska 68507