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ARC Community Services, Inc. administers eleven programs, which include:

ARC HouseARC-Dayton StreetRESPECT Project on Prostitution
ARC TAP Case Management Unit for WomenARC Center for Women & Children
ARC Maternal & Infant ProgramARC Healthy Beginnings ARC Fond du Lac
ARC Drug Treatment CourtARC Integrated AODA Work Services for Women & their Families
Fond du Lac Women & Children Day Treatment ServicesARC Project Smart StartARC Milwaukee

ARC House - Madison, WI
ARC House, a four-month AODA Certified residential program for 15 female offenders, is the original project and flagship of the agency. It is a state CBRF licensed residential facility, and has been a state certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Residential Treatment Facility since 1985. All women designated for this program have been assessed as having a substance abuse problem in addition to their criminal conviction. The program is staffed by a Program Manager, an AODA Counselor, a Social Worker, two Case Managers as well as support staff. There is an extensive AODA education Program Element as well as individual AODA Counseling for each resident. Case Management is the treatment modality which assists the resident in developing a plan to help her complete the program successfully and meet her Department of Corrections obligations as well a make a plan which will help her be successful in the community. ARC House provides women-specific program services which address chemical dependency, physical and sexual abuse, dependent and abusive relationships, cognitive interventions skill building, health problems, employment and money management needs, alternative leisure time use, child abuse and parenting educations, and child custody and other mother/child reunification issues.


ARC-Dayton Street - Madison, WI
ARC Dayton, which opened in June of 1990 as a 12 bed, minimum-security residential facility for women, is now a three-month residential program for Female Offenders who are transitioning from prison and are under the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The program is staffed by the Program Manager, a Lead Case Manager and two Case Managers as well as support staff. In addition to assisting the resident with Re-Entry into society, the program is designed to provide an array of program elements which provide education for the residents in the area of Cognitive Interventions, AODA Education, Women’s Issues, and Vocational Counseling in a therapeutic community.


RESPECT Project on Prostitution - Madison, WI
This project addresses local prostitution in the City of Madison and Dane County and was opened by ARC as a project in the community in 1986. This project is jointly funded by the City of Madison and Dane County and provides diversion services on an outpatient basis for women involved in prostitution as processed by the City of Madison and Dane County District Attorney’s Offices for the violation of loitering and other prostitution related ordinances and statutes in lieu of fines, court appearances and jail time, and also provides services for women who have voluntarily come to RESPECT for counseling and assistance in leaving the life of prostitution. RESPECT provides a safe space and peer support as well as advocacy, case management, counseling and crisis intervention on an outpatient basis in order to assist women in leaving prostitution and to help them into essential community services in order to address a woman’s health, economic, and family needs so she can develop a safe, constructive lifestyle.

RESPECT also does outreach for HIV Prevention Intervention for high-risk behaviors as a result of funding from the Madison AIDS Network, the State Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control.


ARC TAP Case Management Unit for Women - Madison, WI
This unit provides case management services for female substance abusing offenders enrolled in the Dane County Treatment Alternatives Program (TAP) administered by the Dane County Human Services Department since 1989. The TAP project provides for the diversion of alcohol and drug dependent individuals from the criminal justice system, especially the Dane County Jail, Probation & Parole, through the provision of intensive case management and community-based AODA treatment services. Clients receive intensive case management as well as coordination of AODA treatment services. In addition to the individual counseling sessions, the clients also complete a 14 unit Cognitive Interventions group.


ARC Center for Women & Children - Madison, WI
This project is a licensed community-based, women’s-specific, alcohol and other drug abuse day treatment program with services specifically for the children of the mothers served, including on-site child care for up to fifteen children, 0 through 5 years of age, community child care placement, child/family therapy, parenting for the mothers and AODA prevention services for the children. The day treatment program provides women-specific AODA educational and treatment services five days per week. Case management services prior to entry to stabilize women for treatment and an aftercare program are also provided. Services are designed to: address the childcare barriers women face as they attempt to access treatment; provide AODA treatment within the family context, particularly the mother/child bond; increase successful treatment outcomes for mothers while improving the welfare of the children; address the needs of the family unit relating to those problems associated with second generational abuse; develop a replicable AODA treatment program that is women-specific and addresses women’s unique needs; foster healthy family functioning and reduce out-of-home placements of young children; provide parenting and family support to assist in stopping the cycle of child abuse/neglect; provide case management services to assist with the development of a stable lifestyle, including clothing, food, shelter, and medical attention; increase successful participation in economic initiative (W2/TANF) and improve employability/economic self-sufficiency. Opened in 1989, this project was originally the state demonstration project “Model Women’s AODA Treatment Program” and part of 1989’s ACT 339 Omnibus Drug Bill.


ARC Maternal & Infant Program - Madison, WI
This project is a community-based, residential program for adult pregnant female offenders or mothers who have infants up to one year of age. Since 1993, this project has provided for the mother and child bond in a safe, stable environment to enable women to become responsible parents and to develop the necessary skills to live in a stable, lawful manner in the community. The project is licensed by the State of Wisconsin as an twelve bed, Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) for eight women who are remanded to the State Department of Corrections for intensive community supervision, and four women who are in the TAP/DTC and CWC/HB/IOAS programs who are in need of additional support and/or structure. This program includes parenting, child and family and health coordination, prenatal, postpartum care coordination, and referral services. The women under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections are in the program for six months, hopefully starting in their last trimester of pregnancy. However, the services are available for any women with an infant under one year of age.

Presently there is in addition to the Program Manager, an AODA Case Manager, a Parent Health Educator, and a Women’s Issues Case Manager in addition to support staff. The Maternal and Infant Program provides women-specific program services which address chemical dependency, physical and sexual abuse, dependent and abusive relationships, cognitive interventions skill building, health problems, employment and money management needs, alternative leisure time use, child abuse and parenting educations, and child custody and other mother/child reunification issues.


ARC Healthy Beginnings - Madison, WI
This project was a Federal demonstration project which opened in 1994, to implement an ideal treatment model for the recovery of pregnant and postpartum women affected by chemical abuse. The program provides women with a full treatment program for recovery on a day treatment basis. Women attend programming Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM for four (4) months and then move into part time aftercare program. Transportation and noon meals are provided. Children 0 through 5 are enrolled in the on-site licensed childcare center during the period the mother is enrolled in the treatment program. Program services are designed to encourage recovery in a supportive manner while: addressing the mother/child bond; providing increased access to prenatal care and well child care, thus possibly decreasing birth complications; and enhancing maternal attachment and parenting support to assist in stopping the cycle of child abuse and neglect and to increase family intactness and healthy family functioning. Services include: women-specific day treatment AODA services for women who are pregnant or postpartum, licensed childcare provided on-site or through community childcare coordination, prenatal/postpartum care, well child care coordination, health education, parenting assistance and infant care classes that enhance the mother/child bond, case management services that improve independent living skills including vocational/educational assistance, mental health services that address abuse issues especially child and sexual abuse, and aftercare services on a step-down basis.


ARC Fond du Lac - Fond du Lac, WI
This project is a twelve bed, community-based facility for adult female offenders with a 90-day length of stay. This project serves as a diversion alternative for women at risk of incarceration as well as a transitional living placement to assist women with community reintegration. The program, like all ACS projects, is designed in response to special needs of the female offender so as to empower women to make responsible life choices. In addition, it incorporates the common residential elements of a structured living situation with accountability measures; case management emphasis with related phase system of increasing privileges; cognitive intervention skills building program; and a community-based program to provide for the development of a strong community support system for each woman and her family. This program is staffed by a Program Manager, AODA Case Manager, Women’s Issues’s Case Manager, Vocational Case Manager as well as support staff.


ARC Drug Treatment Court - Madison, WI
This project provides women-specific case management services for women enrolled in Dane County Drug Treatment Court, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. This program consists of a coordinated effort intended to interrupt the offender’s AODA/Criminality by forming a bridge between the criminal justice system and AODA treatment programs in order to provide a diversion program for offenders with AODA issues who would otherwise be jailed in the overcrowded criminal justice system. In addition to the individual counseling sessions, the clients complete a 14 unit cognitive interventions group.


ARC Integrated AODA Work Services for Women & their Families - Madison, WI
This project was awarded on January 14, 2000 as one of nine projects funded statewide by DHFS in cooperation with the Department of Workforce Development as a Statewide Urban/Rural Women’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Program and Community-Based AODA Program for TANF eligible individuals. This project provides new program services in Dane County through the ARC Center for Women & Children to formalize collaboration with Dane County Human Services: Economic Assistance and Works Division and related W2/TANF agencies, in order to create an integrated multi-disciplinary, family-focused, strengths-based, comprehensive case management program providing gender and culturally competent services to meet the special needs of TANF eligible, W2 enrolled, AODA affected women and their families. This project provides comprehensive case management, transitional housing, integrated AODA/trauma programs, intensive outpatient services and increased treatment flexibility in order to improve the success of TANF eligible women/families in their participation in TANF/W2; in their ability to achieve healthy, intact family functioning and to recover successfully from their substance abuse problems.


Fond du Lac Women & Children Day Treatment Services - Fond du Lac, WI
This project was awarded on January 14, 2000 as one of nine projects funded statewide by DHFS in cooperation with the Department of Workforce Development as part of the Statewide Urban/Rural Women’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Program and Community-Based AODA Program for TANF eligible individuals. This project provides women specific day treatment substance abuse services for women and their children in the Fond du Lac area. It offers a five-day a week treatment program with intervention/prevention services to women and their children. This project addresses the specialized needs of women through a comprehensive, wrap-around family-focused day treatment model based on the ARC Center for Women & Children.


ARC Project Smart Start
Started in 2004, this project has implemented a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention protocol based on motivational interviewing and a four unit Educational Curriculum for high-risk women in ARC’s gender-sensitive residential and substance abuse treatment programs serving the needs of women and their children. The FASD prevention intervention will includes three individual sessions using motivational interviewing modeled after Project Choices. The focus of the intervention is on decreasing alcohol exposed pregnancies through increasing abstinence for alcohol and the effective use of contraception.


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ARC Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
A 13-bed residential program for women under correctional supervision who have a substance use disorder. AMWP serves women from Milwaukee County who are 18 years of age or older, are referred by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and have a substance use disorder requiring a residential level care. Successful discharge is contingent upon a resident achieving treatment plan goals. Program services include: AODA assessment; AODA groups (Intensive Treatment; Symptom Management, Stages of Change, Relapse Prevention and Weekend Plan); Individual AODA Counseling; Cognitive Interventions; Family and Relationships; Parenting; Child Visit Program; Trauma Education; Anger Management; Basic Living Skills; Case Management (includes housing, vocational, budgeting, health, independent living skills); Recreation; Community Referrals (including for physical or sexual assault and domestic violence); and Continuing Care Group. The program uses a stage process under which residents earn increasing privileges as they satisfy program requirements and individualized treatment plan goals. AMWP opened in May 2014. The program in located in a renovated three-story duplex in the Walker’s Square neighborhood. AMWP is licensed as a community-based residential facility and certified as a medically-monitored AODA residential facility.


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Paulette Romashko, Project Director
ARC Community Services, Inc.
2001 West Beltline Hwy, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 608-278-2300
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