At their annual convention in October of 1961, the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA) voted unanimously to establish a home for troubled boys. In September of the following year, a ground breaking ceremony marked the opening of the Jerry Rabiner Memorial Boys Ranch. The Ranch's 240 acre site was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rabiner, in memory of their son Jerry, who was killed in an auto accident in 1953.
Today, the relationship between the Rabiner Treatment Center and ISPA is stronger than ever. Our tradition of partnership and commitment to serving youth in need lives on through our mission and values.
Our Agency Mission
Since 1961, the mission of the Rabiner Treatment Center has been to instill hope in the youth and families we serve. We continue this tradition by teaching self-discipline, responsibility, commitment and pride through innovative treatment and positive growth experiences, delivered in a rural Iowa setting. Rabiner Treatment Center is sponsored by the men and women of the Iowa State Police Association.
Our Agency Values
- Preserve our history
- Respect for all individuals
- Fiscal responsibility
- Staff development
- Facility development
- Having Fun!
RTC is located five miles northwest of Fort Dodge, Iowa on acres of country landscape.
Our Fort Dodge Campus includes: five residential cottages, on-campus classrooms, computer lab/library, gymnasium, baseball field, soccer field, running track, basketball courts, health club, game room, go-cart track, remote control car track, hiking trails and a disk golf course.
In addition to our connection with the ISPA, we are also members of the Coalition for Family and Children's Services of Iowa, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Runaway Switchboard and the Iowa Association of Community Providers.
Rabiner Treatment Center is licensed by the State of Iowa as a comprehensive residential treatment facility.
RTC staff are trained and highly skilled in the different programming curriculum. Our clinical staff meets all licensing and Behavioral Health Intervention Service standards. In our Resiential Programs, Night Monitors(3rd shift staff) provide supervision and support during sleep time.
Additionally, all staff participates in a comprehensive training program throughout their career at RTC. Training opportunities include: in-service sessions, on-line training and workshops/conferences. RTC provides many in-house training sessions related to best practice topics including the Mandt System (client management/desescaltion techniques), Supervision and Interaction, and Knowing your Clients.