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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016

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New Facility Administrator Named for YRTC-Kearney

Lincoln— Mark LaBouchardiere of River Ridge, La., has been named facility administrator at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney effective Monday (4/11), announced Doug Weinberg, director of Children and Family Services at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“I’m looking forward to working with Mark to develop a vision and plan for the YRTC in Kearney that supports the youth, staff and the community,” Weinberg said. “Our immediate focus will be to stabilize the facility so our staff are able to help the youth complete the program and become law abiding citizens.”   

LaBouchardiere has 20 years of experience working at high-risk youth facilities in four states. His most recent position was deputy director for the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice in Bridge City, La. where he directed operations for a high-risk, secure facility for young men.

In addition, he was facility manager with the Missouri Division of Youth Services in St. Joseph, Mo. for high-risk juvenile offenders, and at the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority in Topeka, Kan., where he served as deputy superintendent. He also was youth programs manager with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections in Phoenix, Ariz., as well as juvenile ombudsman, and other positions.

“Mark’s strong background in treatment, education and facility management will be an asset as we assess the challenges at the YRTC-Kearney,” Weinberg said. “We look forward to his leadership in bringing about positive changes to increase safety and security for the youth, staff and community, as well as focusing on high-quality treatment for the youth.”

LaBouchardiere earned a bachelor’s degree in justice studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., and is working on a Master’s degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix in Tempe, Ariz. He also holds a juvenile corrections certificate from Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz.