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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2015

Contact
Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or kathie.osterman@nebraska.gov

Scarborough Named Interim Administrator
for YRTC-Kearney,
Peterson to Take New Position

Lincoln—Doug Weinberg, Director of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today that Dan Scarborough will be interim administrator at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney.  Dan will also continue as the administrator at the YRTC at Geneva.

Weinberg also said that Jana Peterson, who has been the administrator at YRTC-Kearney, will take on a new role as probation consultant with DHHS in Lincoln, working closely with DHHS and Juvenile Probation staff toward improved outcomes for youth involved in both systems.  This will focus on youth who transition between the YRTCs and Probation and youth involved in both the Probation and child abuse/neglect arenas.
 
“As a Division, we’ve made great strides in the past year,” said Weinberg. “As always, more can be done and this focus is on improving coordination and collaboration between the YRTCs, child welfare and Juvenile Probation.”
 
The provision of community based services to delinquent youth moved from DHHS to Juvenile Probation beginning in 2013 with the passage of LB 561.  A report issued yesterday (9-15-15) by the Nebraska Office of the Inspector General for Child Welfare Services on the transition and subsequent services offered by Probation identified areas for improvement.
 
Weinberg said Peterson’s understanding of the YRTCs and OJS youth, and her experience as a CFS worker on abuse and neglect cases, will be helpful in responding to some of those issues.
 
The changes are effective this week.  Weinberg said the Facility Operating Officers at both Kearney and Geneva will take on additional responsibilities while Scarborough is the administrator of both facilities during the interim appointment.
 
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