Tom Osborne speaks at Hastings Regional Center

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

On Wednesday, former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne gave a talk on integrity, teamwork and success to boys served by the Hastings Regional Center’s Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program (HJCDP), which provides residential substance abuse treatment for boys ages 13 to 18 years. 

The average length of stay at HJCDP is three to four months, with treatment including behavioral therapy approaches and family therapy. 

 “The goal of our program is to show the young men that the road to recovery requires work, that they need to make good choices and that they need to surround themselves with people who will support them to live clean,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the HJCDP. “Who better to deliver that message than Coach Osborne, who is a Nebraska icon and who mentors young people?”

 In 1991, Osborne founded TeamMates Mentoring with his wife Nancy. The charity matches mentors to at-risk youth and currently serves more than 7,500 kids in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming. 

“The earlier we can reach youth who have substance use disorders, the better the chance they will live healthier adult lives,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “With treatment and recovery support, they can change their lives and reach their full potential.”