The Nebraska Legislature soon will consider a budget that would fund the demolition of most buildings at the Hastings Regional Center and allow for the selling of at least a portion of the land.
Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings said he supports the plan brought forth by the Appropriations Committee that would consolidate all of the operations at the Hastings Regional Center into one building.
Throughout the last decade, many of the services offered at the regional center have been moved off the campus and into communities across the state as the ideas on treatment for mental illness have changed.
That philosophy also is being considered for many of the youths in Nebraska's juvenile justice system.
The state of Nebraska currently has two youth rehabilitation and treatment facilities, one in Kearney for boys and another in Geneva for girls. The Hastings Regional Center is home to the Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program, which serves boys from Kearney with chemical dependency issues.