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.
Interim Administrator: Dan Scarborough
Facility Operating Officer: Rey Rodriguez
Mental Health Authority / Program Director:
Dr. Jerry Van Winkle, Psy. D., Clinical Psychologist
Rated Capacity: 172
Average Daily Population: 98
Number of Staff: 170.1 FTE
Annual Budget: $ 12,419,815.00
Cost per Youth Per Year: $114,876.45
Average Cost Per Diem: $314.73
Visitation Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Daily
Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center - Kearney
2802 30th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68845
Telephone Number: (308) 865-5313
Fax Number: (308) 865-5323
The State of Nebraska established the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center - Kearney in 1879. The facility began receiving boys and girls in July 1881. In 1892, YRTC-K became a boys-only youth facility when a girls facility opened in Geneva, Nebraska. On January 1, 1997, YRTC-K ended a 23-year affiliation with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. YRTC-K became one of 10 24-hour facilities under the Department of Health and Human Services. YRTC-K is part of DHHS under the Division of Children and Family Services.
The YRTC-Kearney offers guided tours to individuals and groups. You may arrange for a tour by contacting Nancy Krueger at the YRTC-Kearney.
The Nebraska Department of Education accredited West Kearney High School as a Special Purpose School. North Central Association of Schools & Colleges has accredited West Kearney High School as an Optional School.
Involved with Performance-based Standards (PBS), a quality assurance project administered by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators.
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