Youth Treatment Programs

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Youth Facilities & Services
Children and Family Services

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  • The Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney offers evidence based behavioral and skill building programming.
  • Individual therapy is offered for youth with behavioral and mental health needs, including substance abuse needs.
  • Case managers and therapists work together to develop individual case plans for each youth.
  • Treatment programming encourages youth to look at the change process and to gain skills to address their thinking errors and develop skills to make positive decisions.
  • Youth have the ability to earn incentives and privileges on the basis of positive behavior. Incentives can include group outings, special treats or other fun on-campus activities.


  • YRTC-Geneva offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral and skill-building programming, to include:
    • Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
    • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
    • Thinking for a Change (T4C)
    • Dealing with Anxiety
    • Managing Your Emotions
  • Individual therapy is also offered to youth with behavioral, mental health and substance abuse needs. Therapists at the YRTC-Geneva are trained in the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA), which is an evidence-based program for substance abuse.
  • Case Managers and therapists work together to develop case plans with outcomes determined by each youth's risks and needs. Other assessments are used to determine treatment needs.
  • Youth receive daily scores based on their interactions with staff, peers and participation in their programming. Youth have the ability to earn incentives and privileges based on positive behavior. Incentives can include group outings, special treats or other fun on-campus activities.

Hastings JCDP

  • The Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency program (HJCDP) is a highly structured residential substance abuse disorder treatment facility for adolescent males, ages 13-18. Youth at HJCDP participate in 40+ hours per week of programming including:
    • Psycho-educational groups
    • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) group
    • Corrective Thinking group
    • Successful Living group
    • Health Education Groups
    • Individual and Group Therapy
  • The HJCDP program uses motivational approaches, recovery principles and corrective thinking strategies to provide treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • Person-centered and American Society of Addiction Medicine principles guide the family focused treatment process. Therapists accompany youth to their homes to conduct family therapy sessions. This gives youth and their families an opportunity to participate in the treatment process together and to learn and foster positive skills for when the youth returns home. Several home passes are also granted during the youth's stay to practice positive skills they have learned in the program.

Whitehall PRTF

  • The Whitehall program assesses, treats, and re-engages youth with their families and communities. The program uses progressive, evidence-based practice for adolescent males who have engaged in sexual offenses.
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning are developed with input from an interdisciplinary team that includes:
    • Psychiatry
    • Psychology
    • Nursing service
    • Therapists/Social Workers
    • Therapeutic Recreation
    • Youth Security Specialists
    • Primary Care Physician
    • Education and Special Education Services
    • Chemical Dependency Counselor
    • Dietary
    • Tele-health over secure service 
  • Interventions
    • ​​Family therapy four times a month
    • Parenting skills training
    • Treatment of trauma
    • Treatment of attachment issues
    • Treatment of abuse and neglect issues
    • Development and use of safety plans
    • Development of social skills
    • Development of a Good Life Plan
    • Development of healthy sexual boundaries
    • Anger management training
    • Moral reasoning training
    • Cognitive restructuring
    • Treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse issues
    • Development of impulse-regulation skills
    • Special education services
    • Development of healthy leisure skills
    • Work and independent living skills
    • Practice the use of safety plans in the community under staff or parental supervision
    • Medical, dental, and vision services