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Diagnostic & Evaluation Center

Diagnostic & Evaluation Center

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General Information
Warden
Taggart Boyd
Public Information Officer
Tammy Kluver tammy.kluver@nebraska.gov
Phone
402.471.3330
Address
3220 West Van Dorn Street
Lincoln, NE 68522-9284
Mailing Address
PO Box 22800
Lincoln, NE 68542-2800

Switchboard: (402) 471-3330
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time

About the Facility

The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) was established by the Nebraska Legislature in 1976 as part of Legislative Bill 984. Construction was completed in June of 1979 and the new institution was opened in August of 1979 as a 160-bed, maximum custody, reception, diagnostic, evaluation, assessment, classification and assignment facility. 

The single structure, two-story institution consists of nine inmate housing units and a skilled nursing facility, which includes 12 licensed skilled nursing beds and a fully-staffed initial admission clinic. Administrative offices and the skilled nursing facility are located on the upper level of the institution. All other inmate housing, as well as programming areas, including a gymnasium and custody and case management offices, are located on the lower level.

DEC has been accredited by the American Correctional Association since 1981.


General Information

As provided by state statute, all adult males sentenced to the Department of Correctional Services by the County and District courts of the state of Nebraska are received into the correctional system at DEC. In addition, the institution houses interstate transfers and returned parolees and escapees, county safe keepers and 90-day evaluators sentenced by the court for assessment. 


Intake Procedures

  • Call or fax the name(s), date(s) of birth, and approximate time of arrival at least 24 hours in advance of bringing in new commitments.
    • For male admissions, call the DEC admissions office at (402) 471-3330 or by fax at (402) 479-6368.
    • For female admissions, call the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women admissions office at (402) 362-3317 ext. 218 or 215 or by fax at (402) 362-3892.
  • Preferred hours for receiving new commitments are during normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Commitments may be made outside of these hours with prior approval of the receiving facility.
  • Commitment and sentencing orders must accompany each new commitment.
    • Commitment Orders shall contain the date the sentence was imposed and/or is to commence; the specific offense(s); class of felony or misdemeanor for the offense(s) convicted; length of sentence(s) imposed; amount of jail time credit, if any; and if the sentence is to be consecutive or concurrent to any other charges or commitment orders. If the offense is drug related, the type of drug should also be noted.
  • All known medical/mental health information should be provided at the time of admission including history, present treatment and current medication.
  • At the time of admission, inmates will be permitted to retain the following items. Items not on this approved list will not be accepted or allowed in the institution. Counties should make every effort to dispose of materials not allowed prior to bringing the inmate.
    • One wedding band or ring
    • One commercial religious medallion (no homemade or hobby-made items are permitted)
    • One Bible/Qur'an or other book of sacred writings
    • Photographs (no nude photos, altered photos, or photos with foreign materials or objects attached; no gang-related photos; photos of criminal activity or photos of other inmates). Limit of 25 photographs per inmate.
    • Letters (postmarked less than one week prior to the date of admission)
    • Personal papers (legal papers, addresses, etc.)
    • Prescribed medications will be accepted and sent to our Health Services Department for evaluation and reissue if appropriate.
    • Prescription eye glasses and glasses case, if applicable.
    • Inmates who arrive wearing prosthesis and possess personal property related to the care and function for the prosthesis may retain them in their possession. Knee braces, back braces, etc., not being worn by the inmate shall be retained by DEC admissions. Medical staff will evaluate the medical necessity of such items. If determined to be unnecessary, the individual will be required to send it out.
    • Inmates who, at admission, have items they claim are necessary for the practice of their religion will have these items stored until review by the religious coordinator and assistant warden for approval or denial to retain.
    • Money brought in by an inmate will be receipted and placed in the inmate's institutional account.

Directions to Facility 

From I-80 W, take exit 397 for US-77 S toward Beatrice. Follow US-77 S/Homestead Expy as it turns into W Van Dorn St. Follow W Varn Dorn St. DEC will be on your right.

Visiting Hours

Effective 8/10/2021, visitation to the Diagnostic & Evaluation Center has been temporarily suspended, due to an increase in COVID cases. This step has been taken for the protection of the incarcerated population, staff members and visitors to the facility. Thank you for your cooperation.

 


Schedule a Visit at DEC

VISITATION INFORMATION

NDCS utilizes a pre-registration process for visitation in all facilities. All visits must be scheduled at least seven days in advance. To select a time and date for visitation, please click the button above to complete the online form.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – Be sure to review the following guidelines:

  • All visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitor list
  • While health screening procedures are no longer necessary, if you are not feeling well, please consider rescheduling your visit
  • Wearing of masks is voluntary.

  • Up to four adult visitors and a reasonable number of children are allowed at each visit, per inmate

  • If additional adults are attending the same visitation session, you need only complete one registration form. However, be sure to list the full names of all other visitors and include all of the necessary contact information (phone & email) for each person.  

  • Children of any age are permitted, when accompanied by at least one adult. Children’s names should also be included on the form.

  • All visitation requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the selected date
  • Visits are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified by email at least three days in advance of your approved visit
  • Be sure to include alternative dates and times for your visit. If your first preference is already filled, staff will try to grant your second or third request
  • If you need to cancel a visit for any reason, notify the facility as soon as possible

*** NOTE: You will want to arrive prior to your scheduled visitation time to allow for processing into the facility.


Questions pertaining to any of the information above can be directed to the facility. Contact information is available on this page.


DEC Visiting Schedule (No Visiting permitted for individuals housed in "Intake Quarantine" HU 4 & 5)

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To view a PDF version of this schedule, click here: DEC Visiting Schedule

Incarcerated persons at the Diagnostic & Evaluation Center are limited to one visit per week.
Visits may be scheduled in advance, as long as they do not exceed the quota mentioned above.

 


Construction Notice:

The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) entrance will be closed effective Monday, February 17th. All visitors (professional/family/friend) will need to go through the Lincoln Correctional Center. This will include inmates assigned to the DEC SNF. 

Please note Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) inmates hold visiting in the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) visiting room. LCC is located next door to DEC.

NOTE: Inmates assigned to the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) Skilled Nursing Facility will still have visits at DEC. Visitors will sign in at the Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC) and then come to DEC for the visit.


Facility Visitation Procedures

The link below will take you to visiting procedures that apply to this facility. 

Visitors will be subject to all DEC visiting procedures.


 

Programs

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Programs & Services

Below is a brief record of every available program and service provided by this correctional facility. If it there is any additional facility-specific information pertaining to these programs and services, it will be found under the "Additional Information" tab.

**Please keep in mind that if there is no additional information provided by the facility, the "Additional Information" tab will not be displayed.
Program Description Type
Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment that helps participants develop mindfulness-based coping skills to decrease suicidal and self-harming behaviors. 


Needs Addressed: Mental Health 

Clinical Treatment
Mental Health Outpatient Services

Provides general, individual therapy.


Need addressed:  Mental Health.

Clinical Treatment
Hustle 2.0

A trauma informed mail based correspondence program which explores entrepreneurship, healthy relationships, leadership, criminal thinking, employment, purposeful living, reentry, anger management, character development, victim awareness, persevering, and becoming the solution.  

Needs addressed:  Attitudes/behavior

Non-Clinical Programs
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization which encourages members to read, and listen at meetings using the program as an opportunity to face the truth and become accountable for their addiction to alcohol.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction and prosocial activity

Pro-Social Activities
Religious Classses and activities

Variety of classes, workshops and religious services designed to help inmates with support and spiritual development.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social, support.

Pro-Social Activities
Sports/Recreation Activities

A variety of activities that encourage health pastimes are offered at all facilities. Please check with recreational specialists for more information.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; health.

Pro-Social Activities
Assistance for Social Security Application

Social workers provide assistance in obtaining and completing Social Security applications to individuals who qualify and are 90 days from discharge, post-release supervision or parole.


Need addressed:  Re-entry for those who may qualify for Social Security benefits due to age or disability.

Reentry Services
Discharge Planning

Reentry specialists work with individuals to ensure a reentry plan is completed. The plan allows for a smooth transition to the community and focuses on housing, transportation, employment, education, and medical/mental health services as needed.


Need addressed:  Re-entry

Reentry Services
Reconnect KEYS (Keep Educating Yourself For Reentry Success

The program is designed to build confidence and accountability, resiliency, problem solving skills for reentry success and personal growth. 

Need area addressed:  employment, reentry

Reentry Services
Reentry planning

Clients develop comprehensive reentry plans that include housing/transitional living, employment/education, transportation, ID credentials, medical/mental and behavioral health treatment.


Need addressed:  Reentry.

Reentry Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Heritage Square

Community based inmates and NDCS Social Workers can work with Vocational Rehabilitation to prepare for reentry

Need addressed:  Reentry

Reentry Services
Crisis Intervention

Provided on an as-needed basis, clinicians are available to assist individuals in a mental health crisis.


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

Licensed, clinical therapists provide one-on-one or group therapy sessions as needed.


Need addressed:  mental health

Risk Assessment/ Psychological Evaluations

Risk Assessments and Psychological Evaluations provide diagnosis clarification, intelligence testing and Dementia screening.


Need addressed:  Mental Health; education.

Skilled Nursing Facility

On-call Skilled Nursing Facilities manage crises dealing with medical emergencies, behavioral issues and suicide watches.


Needs addressed:  Health and mental health.

Transition Services

Transition Services are available to those transitioning to or from general population or protective management. Mental Health professionals may assists with these services.


Need Addressed:  Mental Health

Community Coordination

Social workers coordinate with a variety of community providers and agencies for mental health services, substance abuse treatment and medical services. Providers include the Veteran's Administration, DHHS, treatment agencies, private practice and non-profit organizations.


Needs Addressed:  Housing, medical, mental health, basic needs, re-entry. 

Social Work Services
Living Needs

Social workers assist individuals with high medical/mental health needs to find clothing resources, apply for benefits or general assistance and other life needs.


Needs addressed:  Social work services.

Social Work Services
Medical Services Coordination

Social workers assist individuals with high medical needs to set appointments for medication management, healthcare and provide resources to obtain medical insurance upon release:


Needs addressed:  Health, mental health, life skills, re-entry.

Social Work Services
Specialized Housing Services

Social workers provide assistance to individuals with high medical/mental health needs to obtain transitional living, assisted living or skilled nursing care, as needed.


Needs addressed:  Re-entry

Social Work Services
Specialized Population Served

Specialized Population Served offers services for inmates with mental illness or serious chronic medical conditions that are high risk and multi-needs.


Needs addressed:  Health; mental health

Social Work Services
Goals , Plans, and Strategies for Reentry and Life Success (GPS)

Two learning modules to develop reentry and life skills

Addresses:  life skills

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Health Course

This program, delivered by a wellness expert, provides workshops on preventative health education and nutrition, such as Men's Birth Control; Date Abuse; Bullying; Gender Boxes; and Hygiene.


Need addressed:  Health.

Vocational/Life Skills Programs
Additional Information

Due to the short length of stay at the institution, there are no industry programs and limited education programs. Each newly admitted inmate, following review of the admission order to ensure legal commitment, begins participation in an intensive medical, psychological, and social assessment process. This process culminates in the finalization of an individual classification study and specific programming recommendations to the Classification Officer relative to custody status and institutional placement. Varied program services are offered and encouraged through recreation and library programs. The maintenance of family and community ties is encouraged through the visitation, mail and telephone programs. Religious programming is also available to the inmate population. Several other opportunities including Alcoholics Anonymous and a Pre-Release program are available for inmate participation.

Security Levels.  Maximum

News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-146)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

Uptick in COVID cases leads to quarantine at DEC

September 11, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) in Lincoln is under quarantine, due to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among inmates. More than 200 inmates agreed to undergo testing at the facility on Thursday, September 10. Thirty of those results were positive and came from multiple housing units.

“As we did at the Nebraska State Penitentiary...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS updates positive COVID cases at NSP & DEC

September 10, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Additional inmates are positive for COVID-19 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) and the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) following testing at both of those facilities. This was the second testing opportunity provided to inmates at NSP in the past two weeks. Of 453 tests administered this week, 82 have returned positive so far. A handful of tests are still...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS inmates positive for COVID-19

September 4, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Thirty-four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP) since testing at that facility began one week ago. That number includes one individual who was tested upon being admitted to a Lincoln hospital for diagnosis of a separate medical issue. That person remains hospitalized.

Testing started at the facility on August 28 in four housing...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS staff member positive for COVID-19

September 2, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). The individual is self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in the facility as to the new...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-135)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS staff member positive for COVID-19

August 31, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that a staff member with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member is employed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). The individual is self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in the facility as to the new...Read more

NDCS offers a wide variety of career opportunities including case workers, food service, health care and security.

CURRENTLY, A $10,000 HIRING BONUS FOR CORPORALS IS BEING OFFERED AT: - Lincoln Correctional Center - Diagnostic and Evaluation Center - Tecumseh State Correctional Institution - Nebraska State Penitentiary

New hires will be paid $10,000 over three years in four month increments. That comes to $1,111.11 every four months.

You must be employed at one of the three male, maximum security facilities to receive the bonus. Transfer or promotion to one of the other facilities will end eligibility for...Read more

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (20-220)

CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

OFFICE 402-479-5713 | laura.strimple@nebraska.gov

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

August 13, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that two staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Both staff members are employed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). They are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be provided to those who live and work in the facility as to the new...Read more

Are you interesting in joining a team of passionate individuals all working to transform peoples’ lives? The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) is seeking LPNs and RNs in Omaha, Lincoln, Tecumseh and York. We are looking for people with a desire to serve, a commitment to teamwork, dedication, and the integrity to keep people safe.

Check out all of our other career opportunities as well - join our team and make a difference at NDCS!

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