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The Department of Health and Human Services runs 4 youth facilities. Each facility maintains on-campus programs, treatment and education. ​

Adult & Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline

(800) 652-1999



Facilities

Lincoln Facility

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  • Mission:
    • The Mission of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers is to help youth live better lives through effective services, giving youth the chance to become law-abiding citizens. 
  • History:
    • The Lincoln Facility was established in 2020 to care for youth with high acuity behavioral needs. Youth are placed at the Lincoln facility for a short time to stabilize their behavior through intensive behavioral management treatment that includes individual therapy, TARGET trauma-informed treatment approach, Moral Reconation Treatment (MRT) and behavioral analysis provided by a Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBA). Once a youth's behaviors have stabilized, they will return to the YRTC-Kearney campus to complete their treatment program.
  • Accreditation:
    • The Lincoln Facility will undergo initial American Correctional Association (ACA) Accreditation in 2021. The Lincoln facility will participate in Performance-Based Standards (PbS) Project sponsored by the Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The PbS improvement model identifies, monitors and improves conditions of confinement and treatment services in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures.

 

Lincoln Facility
Phone Number
(402) 471-0119
Address
1200 Radcliff St – Ste B
Lincoln, NE 68512

Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center - Kearney

  • Mission
    • 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. 
  • History
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney was founded in 1879. The facility began receiving boys and girls in July, 1881. In 1892, YRTC-Kearney became a boy's only youth facility when a girl's facility opened in Geneva. On January 1, 1997, YRTC-Kearney ended a 23-year affiliation with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and became one of ten, 24-hour facilities under the Department of Health and Human Services. YRTC-Kearney is part of DHHS under the Division of Children and Family Services.
  • Accreditation
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Kearney has a long history of accreditation with the American Correctional Association (ACA). The YRTC-Kearney earned its most recent accreditation in June, 2017, with its next accreditation audit scheduled for June, 2020. 
    • YRTC-Kearney is a member of the Performance-Based Standards (PbS) Project sponsored by the Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The PbS improvement model identifies, monitors and improves conditions of confinement and treatment services in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures.

 

YRTC-Kearney
Phone Number
(308) 865-5313
Address

2802 30th Avenue

Kearney, Nebraska 68845


Youth Rehabilitation & Treatment Center - Hastings

  • Mission
    • The mission of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Hastings is to return youth to their community as productive and law-abiding citizens. We strive to accomplish this by creating a safe, secure, and nurturing environment where youth learn and develop a sense of self. Our diverse programming responds to each youth's unique needs.
  • History
    • In 1888, the Hastings Regional Center opened as an asylum for the incurably insane with an operating budget of $75,000. In the late 1970's, the program was changed to the Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Center. In 2021, the old program buildings were replaced with new buildings and the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center opened on campus to serve female youth. YRTC-Hastings is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Division of Child and Family Service.
  • Accreditation
    • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center – Hastings (YRTC-Hastings) will be accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Its first accreditation audit is scheduled to take place in 2022. 
    • YRTC-Hastings is a member of the Performance-Based Standards (PbS) Project, sponsored by the Council for Juvenile Correctional Administrators. The PbS improvement model identifies, monitors, and improves conditions of confinement and treatment services. This occurs in residential facilities and programs using national standards and performance outcome measures.

 

YRTC-Hastings
Phone Number
(402) 462-1971
Address

4200 West 2nd Street

Hastings, Nebraska 68902 


Whitehall

  • Mission
    • Whitehall Psychiatric Residential and Treatment Facility (PRTF) helps people manage their mental illness through person-centered care. Whitehall's program works with teen males who have engaged in sexual offenses.
  • History
    • The Whitehall Campus at the Lincoln Regional Center addresses the treatment needs of male adolescents who have offended sexually. There are residential and treatment group home levels of care. Each youth has his own room. The program is family-centered and has its own school on the campus. Youth who complete treatment at Whitehall have a low incidence of reoffending sexually based on an independent study that followed the youth over seven years from completion of treatment.
    • Whitehall has long been focused on several principles of care:
      • Person-centered care: Individuals and their treatment team create a plan of care that addresses each person's needs, strengths, and goals, and is sensitive to each person's experiences, traumas, and cultural background.
      • Empowerment: Individuals are supported in making choices and encouraged to speak for themselves.
      • Holistic: We value wellness for each person that includes the mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
      • Non-linear: Recovery is based on continual growth, occasional setbacks, and learning from experience.
      • Hope: Hope's message is that individuals can live, work, learn, and fully participate in a better future.
      • Responsibility: Individuals are personally responsible for the decisions they make to live a healthy, safe, and productive life, which includes making choices to actively engage in treatment and recovery.
      • Knowledge: It is important that the individual and caregiver learn as much as possible about illnesses, best treatment practices, and available resources to make informed treatment choices.

 

Whitehall PRTF
Phone Number
(402) 479-5207
Address

5845 Huntington Avenue

Lincoln, Nebraska 68507