YRTC-Lincoln Earns Top Marks in Recent ACA Audit

News Release
For Immediate Release: 9/21/2022

Julie Naughton, Office of Communications, (402) 471-1695 (office); (402) 405-7202 (cell);


Lincoln – Nebraska's Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center-Lincoln (YRTC-Lincoln) has earned a report of 100 percent compliance for all 343 standards mandated by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

YRTC-Lincoln serves high-acuity youth and offers trauma-focused and informed care, as well as one-on-one care to teens. The facility's capacity is nine males and 11 females between the ages of 14 and 19, in separate secure housing pods.

“I'm very proud of the team at YRTC-Lincoln for this exceptional report," said Juvenile Services Administrator Mark LaBouchardiere. “It is a tribute to the care that the Facility Administrator Sarah Brownell, the Compliance team, and all of the YRTC-Lincoln Teammates provide to these youth day in and day out."

“The auditors noted that youth are complimentary of the psychiatric and medical services they are receiving. The staff were very respectful and fair, and the team as a whole cares a great deal about their welfare," said Brownell.

“The mission of the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Centers is to help youth live better lives through effective services, giving youth the best chance at a successful future," said Larry Kahl, Chief Operating Officer of DHHS. “Mark and Sarah have shown to consistently provide excellent care, and this recognition is very well-deserved." 

The Lincoln Facility was established in 2020 to care for youth with high acuity behavioral needs. Youth are placed at the YRTC-Lincoln facility to stabilize their behavior through intensive behavioral management treatment with an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach. The ABA programming is managed by a board-certified behavior analyst clinical supervisor. Other treatment components include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, the TARGET trauma-informed treatment approach, and Moral Reconation Treatment (MRT).  

Go to
All News Releases