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November 1, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287,

YRTCs Help Youth Live Better Lives

Lincoln – Nebraska’s two Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers (YRTC) give youth who have been in trouble with the law a chance to become law-abiding and productive citizens.

The 2009-2010 annual reports for the YRTCs, located in Kearney and Geneva, highlight successes and include statistical information. The Office of Juvenile Services (OJS), part of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services, oversees these two facilities.

“The individualized care and treatment staff provide can make a real difference in the lives of the youth we serve,” said Terri Nutzman, administrator for the Office of Juvenile Services. “Both YRTCs have an accredited education component, and we also highly encourage youth to be involved in community service activities.”

The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers serve juveniles between the ages of 12 and 19 who have been adjudicated as law violators.

“I appreciate the great work done by staff at the facilities to help youth reach their potential,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services. “The dedicated staff are very committed to helping youth rehabilitate.”

Information in the 2009-2010 annual reports includes:

•    Average daily census: Kearney: 151 males; Geneva: 75 females
•    Average age at admission: Kearney: 16; Geneva: 16
•    Average length of stay:  Kearney: 5.3 months; Geneva: 7.75 months
•    Top reason for commitment: Kearney: Assault;  Geneva: Assault

The full 2009-2010 annual reports are available at and