Youth center movement is a positive step

The Department of Health and Human Services says moving 24 girls from the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva to the center at Kearney will allow the department to refresh programs for the youth while the Department of Administrative Services assesses the physical needs of the four-building Geneva Campus.

DHHS CEO Dannette Smith says the girls will be housed in a separate building from the boys on the 130-acre campus which started out as the Nebraska Training School in 1881 and actually housed both male and female youth for a decade before the Girls Industrial School at Geneva opened. Both campuses were part of the Nebraska Department of Corrections until 1997 when they switched to the current status with DHHS.


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