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May 10, 2011

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

Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center at Kearney Receives National Accreditation

Lincoln – The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center at Kearney (YRTC-K) has received a three-year accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA), according to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The YRTC-Kearney is a juvenile facility for young men up to age 19 and is part of the Office of Juvenile Services in the DHHS Division of Children and Family Services.

“This accreditation confirms that we’re meeting the national standards as we serve these youth,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services. “Compliance is challenging and often includes implementing new practices that bring us in line with modern safety, security and quality of life techniques.”

The American Correctional Association includes individuals and public and private groups that share a common goal of improving the justice system and helping adult and juvenile facilities provide a safe and secure environment for the residents and public they serve.

“Accreditation was the result of the hard work, dedication and commitment of the staff to make the facility the ‘best that it can be’,” said facility administrator Jana Peterson. “The ACA standards ensure facilities like the YRTC in Kearney provide nationally-accepted programs and services to youth, and a safe work environment for staff and youth.”

The accreditation process involves meeting standards and developing a plan for upgrading facilities and procedures in accordance with nationally recognized and respected benchmarks. The juvenile standards help administrators work effectively with the courts, the legislature and the public.