ARC Community Services, Inc. operates five residential substance use disorder treatment programs for women in Wisconsin. ARC residential programs have specialized experience addressing the needs of women involved in the criminal justice system.
One of the programs, the Maternal and Infant Program, specializes in serving pregnant or postpartum women and their infants. ARC was a leader, nationally, in creating and sustaining a program where mothers involved in the criminal justice system may have their infants live with them in a residential treatment facility while the mothers participate in treatment.
ARC residential services are provided in a safe and homelike environment that fosters dignity and respect for women and avoids retriggering trauma. ARC promotes healthy connections to children, family, significant others, and the community. ARC supports and empowers women to make durable changes to improve their health, socio-economic condition, and the welfare of their families.
Each residential program has full-time, multi-disciplinary, professional staff dedicated specifically to that program. ARC group services are for women only and use gender-specific, evidenced-based curricula for women.
For women involved in the criminal justice system, ARC programs are designed to address the risk, need, and responsivity principles that are core to best practices for community corrections programming. ARC staff are knowledgeable of common pathways into the criminal justice system for women including substance use, sexual assault and other violence, and poverty.