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Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center for girls in Hastings recently earned a 100% compliance grade from a national corrections group

LINCOLN, Nebraska — According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the newly opened Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Hastings has recently been given a grade of 100% for compliance by a national correctional group. This rating was awarded to the facility by the state.

The American Correctional Association ruled that the Hastings center, which opened its doors a year ago to take the place of the girls’ YRTC in Geneva, was in conformity with all 343 of the standards that it had mandated.

“The auditors strongly complimented YRTC-Hastings, all the way from cleanliness to programming to the commitment and dedication of staff toward the youth,” said Mark LaBouchardiere, the administrator of juvenile services for DHHS. “The auditors strongly complimented YRTC-Hastings, all the way from cleanliness to programming to the commitment and dedication of staff toward the youth.”

Currently, there are ten young women being cared for at the Hastings institution.

In addition, there are 49 young men living at the Youth Residential Treatment Center (YRTC) for boys in Kearney, and nine young men are residing at the Youth Residential Treatment Center (YRTC) for high-acuity behavioral requirements that was built in Lincoln in 2020.

After finding potentially dangerous and frightening situations at the Geneva center, state legislators decided to make certain adjustments to the YRTC system. There have also been reports of assaults on staff and escapes from the Kearney Youth and Residential Treatment Center (YRTC).

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