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Founded in 1976, ARC Community Services, Inc. is a network of 11 state-funded community service programs and treatment facilities for women in the cities of Madison and Fond fu Lac, Wisconsin. ARC offers outpatient substance abuse treatment as well as myriad other resources, especially for pregnant and postpartum women. There are also transitional care houses and residential programs for females recently released from prison.

Treatment and Staff

Those specifically in need of treatment for drug and alcohol problems are usually directed to the Arc Center for Women and Children. The intake process at ARC begins with an assessment with the facility’s intake coordinator to help determine if the program will serve the potential client’s particular needs. If the coordinator determines the client may need a higher level of treatment, she is referred to either one of ARC’s residential programs (depending on availability) or another residential or detox facility. ARC facilities do not offer detox programs at this time.

ARC has an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and a basic outpatient track. The IOP meets during the day from 8:30am to 2:15pm four days a week, while the outpatient program meets 5pm to 8pm three days a week. Both programs have flexible lengths and last as long as the client needs.

The treatment consists of both group and individual therapy. The group meetings are led by a counselor and have no more than 15 clients per session. A variety of topics and focus points are covered including relapse prevention, anger management, life skills, family relationships and gender specific issues. The primary therapeutic method is CBT. Individual counseling scheduling varies depending on the client.

ARC encourages but does not require clients to attend 12-step recovery meetings in the local community.

ARC’s Center for Women and Children’s facility is dual diagnosis equipped and has a doctor on staff who prescribes medication to clients with mental health impairments beyond just addiction and/or alcoholism.

The outpatient programs are run by two CADCs.


ARC does not have a family program, but does offer group educational meetings for family members of clients to help teach them about addiction and how to best approach communicating with someone struggling with substance abuse or addiction.

Although ARC does not have an official aftercare program, clients can continue outpatient programming until the counselor believes they need to step down. Also, ARC allows clients to step down from outpatient by slowly decreasing the number of hours of treatment each week.

The facility also has a daycare on-site for clients with children up to the age of five. ARC also offers parenting education to clients with children.

As previously mentioned, ARC also offers a four-month residential program for court ordered clients, a minimum-security residential program, diversion and outpatient services for clients who have been involved in prostitution as well as an outpatient program and perinatal care for pregnant and postpartum clients.

In Summary

ARC Community Services, Inc. is a comprehensive, affordable option for women ready to establish a sober, stable life but perhaps somewhat limited with financial resources. It’s also an invaluable resource for those transitioning back into society after incarceration. The variety of programs offers clients of all backgrounds the opportunity for treatment if they are willing. Also, the flexible length of the outpatient programs and gradual step down process allows clients the ability to receive as much care as they could possibly need in this type setting.

ARC Community Services, Inc. Location

ARC Community Services, Inc.
1409 Emil St, Ste 200
Madison, WI 53713

ARC Community Services, Inc. Cost

Sliding scale (30 days). Reach ARC Community Services, Inc. by phone at (608) 278-2300 or by email at [email protected]. Find ARC Community Services, Inc on Facebook and Google+

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