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 8/8/2020, VISITING IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

Schedule a Visit at DEC

COVID-19 VISITATION

Visitation during the COVID-19 response is limited due to the need to maintain a 6 foot separation/social distance. Facilities have identified the capacity for their visiting rooms and have adjusted their schedules accordingly. 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
  • Visitors with serious underlying medical conditions are not encouraged to visit
  • Individuals who are on quarantine/medical isolation status are not permitted to visit
  • During the facility screening you must be able to answer “no” to the following questions:
    • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or fever?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the previous 14 days?
  • Visitors must bring a mask to wear
  • Up to two adults are allowed at each visit, per inmate
  • Children (under age 18) are not permitted
  • If two adults plan to attend the same visiting session, each person should complete an online form, and include the name of the second person
  • 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 need to arrive prior to your scheduled visitation time in order to be screened and searched. Each facility has established a different arrival time, based on its schedules. Be sure you know when you need to be at the facility you are visiting. Late arrivals will not be processed.


Rules inside the Facility

  • Must wear mask at all times
  • Must maintain 6 foot social distance at all times
  • No touching
  • No water fountains or vending (food or drink) will be available
  • No cash permitted
  • No games/books/cards
  • No photos

These rules are in place to keep our population and the public safe and healthy. The facility reserves the right to terminate any visit in which the rules are not followed.  

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


DEC Visiting Schedule

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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. Note that some information is not current, based on new visitation guidelines implemented due to COVID-19; however, procedures pertaining to identification documents, approved dress code, authorized items, the visitation approval process and other guidelines pertinent to each facility are still applicable and should be followed.

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
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
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 and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

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
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
ReConnect: Final Number

Helps participants learn to make better choices and examine thinking patterns, preparing them to take advantage of opportunities in prison that will help them succeed.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

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

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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

August 1, 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 person is self-isolating at home.

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

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

July 31, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that four staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff members are employed at the following locations: the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP), Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI), the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) and Cornhusker State Industries...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 additional payouts. #...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

July 23, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – Today, Director Scott R. Frakes announced that four staff members with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) are positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). They are employed in the following institutions: Lincoln Correctional Center (LCC), Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC), Omaha Correctional Center (OCC) and the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). All four individuals...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS staff members positive for COVID-19

July 14, 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). One staff member is employed at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC). The second teammate is employed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary (NSP). Both individuals are self-isolating at home.

Notification will be...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS prepares for visits to resume; online forms now available

July 2, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) Forms are now being accepted online by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) so that scheduling of visits can begin. The visitation program is being relaunched with some changes, designed to protect the health of those living in the facilities, staff members and anyone coming in.

“NDCS is reopening visitation in phases and this first step is certainly the most...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

NDCS announces new cycle of VLS grantees

July 1, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) – A program that provides men and women with employment and educational opportunities, skills training, job seeking, housing and other key resources is entering its fourth grant cycle through the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Since 2015, NDCS has partnered with community providers to facilitate a variety of reentry services through the Vocational and Life Skills (VLS)...Read more

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

Inmate visitation to resume at NDCS

June 25, 2020 (Lincoln, Neb.) Men and women living in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) will soon be able to resume visits with friends and family members. Director Scott R. Frakes announced the visitation program will restart in all facilities the week of July 13.

“We are still working out the details,” explained Dir. Frakes. “Social distancing will be maintained and visitors will be required to...Read more

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