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Diagnostic & Evaluation Center

Diagnostic & Evaluation Center

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General Information
Warden
Taggart Boyd
Public Information Officer
Molly Drummond: molly.drummond@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

*Attention: The Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) will be running its normal visiting schedule during the holidays (Christmas Day and New Year's Day).

DEC Visiting Hours
Monday----
Tuesday----
Wednesday8:00am - 10:45am
Housing Units 2/4/8
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Housing Units 3/7/9
Thursday8:00am - 10:45am
Housing Units 3/7/9
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Housing Units 1/5/6
Friday8:00am - 10:45am
Housing Units 1/5/6
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Housing Units 2/4/8
Saturday--5:00pm - 7:30pm
Housing Units 3/7/9
Sunday8:00am - 10:45am
Housing Units 2/4/8
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Housing Units 1/5/6

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. Inmates will still be allowed one visit per week. Click here for hours. Visitors will be subject to all LCC visiting procedures.

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.

NOTE: Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) inmate visiting days and hours will not change.

* Recognized children service organizations wishing to make arrangements to bring children to visit an incarcerated parent may contact the facility Unit Administrator.

Visiting Procedures

 

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has a liberal policy for visitation. Generally any family member or friend may visit as long as they do not have a recent criminal conviction, do not have criminal charges pending, are not on the visiting list of another inmate, are not a former employee, or pose any threat to the safety or security of the facility. Each visitation request is individually reviewed. Individuals wishing to visit an inmate at DEC must first obtain a "Visitor Request Form" (VRF) from the inmate they are requesting to visit. All persons wishing to visit must have their own VRF completed and approved. Minors up to age 19 must also have notarized, written permission from their parent or guardian to visit and must be accompanied by an approved adult. The completed VRF must be returned to DEC at the address shown on the form. Do NOT send the form to the inmate. It takes 2 - 3 weeks for the document to be processed. If the visitor applicant fails to answer all questions or provides false information on the form, this will likely result in the denial of visitation privileges. The inmate will notify you if your visitation form is approved or denied to visit.

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.
Programsort descending Description Type
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is an organization to encourage its members to read, and listen at meetings to information provided through speakers. Members may use the program as a foundation to encourage and provide opportunities in facing the truth about their accountability for their addiction.


Need Addressed:  Support for addiction.

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
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
Crisis Intervention

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


Needs Addressed:  Mental health.

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
Emotional Hygiene

Explore the root of emotions, accountability, responsibility, and management of these areas.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior

Non-Clinical 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.

Individual/Group Psychotherapy

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


Need addressed:  mental health

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
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Non-Clinical 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
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
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
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.

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
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
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

Vocational and Life Skills Programming

See non-clinical programs list for more details. 

Reentry Services
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

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

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CONTACT Laura Strimple, Chief of Staff

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

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