Why Prairie Lakes?

Kids tell us they feel safe and cared for at PLYP.  They like the routine and structure of their day.  They like knowing what to expect.  Being away from the pressures and negative influences of their normal lives give them the opportunity to open their minds to new ideas.  Being in a locked facility gives them the freedom to concentrate on here and now.  

Because PLYP offers flexible program lengths, there are options available to serve most juvenile offenders.  Program lengths can be tailored to suit the age of the offender, the severity of their offense and previous placement, and criminal history. With the wide range of programs and services offered, PLYP can work to meet the specific needs of each child placed. 

PLYP Philosophy

Through a combination of cognitive based programming and behavioral accountability, PLYP aims to give young people the tools they need to live a better life.

Staff Commitment Statement

"We will commit to teaching and learning responsible thinking using the Truthought corrective thinking model and to doing whatever it takes to implement the strategies with every resident in our facility."


Truthought® LLC www.truthought.com

The Truthought Corrective Thinking™ Program revolves around the thought process that our residents use.  Our goal is to help them recognize that the choices they make are based on their thought process.  No one is to blame for their actions except themselves.

By pointing out the different barriers in thinking and tactics that residents use to avoid taking responsibility for their behavior, residents begin to see the responsible thinking steps they can use.  They have no chance to pass on the blame for the choices they make.  They are held accountable for their behaviors and their choices and have no opportunity to pass blame to others.  PLYP gives them the tools they need to succeed.

PLYP Overview

  • Established in 1991; expanded in 1997, and again in 2007

  • Owned and operated by the counties of: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine

  • Serves girls and boys, ages 10 to 21

  • Flexible program lengths to meet individual needs

  • Referrals accepted from all counties

  • Level based programming resulting in increased privileges

  • Education provided through Willmar Public Schools

  • Complete health care services are available

  • Individual placement and progress plans tailored to each child's needs

  • Religious and spirituality offerings available

  • Secure and Non-Secure Alternative programming

  • DNA testing and urine analysis available

  • Community service and chemical dependency programs

Change Your Thinking! Change Your Life!