Krier Center

Mission Statement

To promote the life-long development of healthy, empowered, and responsible young citizens.

Core Values

The Krier Center is an organization that promotes a professional work ethic founded upon:

  • Hope and Resiliency
  • Dignity and Respect
  • Individuality
  • Fairness
  • Excellence
  • Caring

About the Krier Center

The Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center is a long-term residential program facility which has 96 beds and provides combined structure and security with a focus on therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation. Although, at first glance, the objectives of a secure facility and treatment center seem at different ends of a continuum, they not only operate parallel to each other but merge to utilize the best aspects of both. This is possible through the efforts of knowledgeable, dedicated staff. By bringing into focus the efforts of treatment officers, therapists, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers, nurses and physicians, residents at the Center receive treatment intended to address a multitude of issues. Residential Treatment Officers maintain safety and security, promote treatment plans, and provide day-to-day support and encouragement to youth in program.

Treatment

Residents at the Krier Center are part of our community and, as they mature, they will assume adult roles in the community. Through individual treatment plans developed at the Krier Center with input from professionals including, but not limited to, psychologists, teachers, parents, medical staff, counselors, probation officers and treatment officers, residents are given the opportunity to address issues that have affected them. The intent of the treatment provided is to resolve these issues and provide residents the tools needed to make better decisions and choices in their lives in order to successfully enter adulthood and contribute to the community. Family members are integral to the continued success of residents once they graduate from the Krier Center. Krier Center staff makes every effort to involve family members in the development of treatment plans as well as aftercare plans prior to graduation from the program.

ROPES Challenge Course

The ROPES challenge program utilizes hands-on problem solving tasks to illustrate concepts of teamwork, esteem building, accomplishment and goal setting. The course includes a 50-foot tower with sections for climbing and rappelling. ROPES facilitators use both low and high elements.

Special Projects

The Special Projects program at the Krier Center provides residents a mechanism to explore talents they may not have developed. These programs are educational, culturally enriching and entertaining.

  • Equine: CHAPS
  • Theater Arts: MAGIK THEATER
  • Creative Writing: GEMINI INK

Educational Programs

Education plays a critical role in the treatment and future success of juveniles. The East Central Independent School District is responsible for the educational program for youths in the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center. The Bexar County Learning Center (BCLC) is the on-campus school provided by the District. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that juveniles either reach or surpass their appropriate grade level. The increase in reading and math ability demonstrated by students in the BCLC can be attributed to the emphasis placed on these subjects. In addition, youth who may have had previous difficulties in a school environment have the opportunity to achieve and experience success.

Medical

Detention Health Care Services: University Health System Detention Health Care Services provides medical, dental and mental health services for residents at the Krier Center. Nursing staff provide coverage 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. Physicians provide sick call and physical examinations. The Medical Section at the Center has physical exam rooms, a dental lab, suicide prevention observation rooms, medical observation rooms, medical records space and offices. Psychiatrists associated with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, provide psychiatric assessment and medication management.